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BY THE SAME AUTHOR 
Third Edition. Handsome Cloth^ Crown 8vo, 3s. 6d. 

THE GLORY IN THE GREY 

FORTY-TWO TALKS ON 
EVERY-DAY LIFE AND RELIGION 

BY THE REV. 

ARCHIBALD ALEXANDER, M.A., B.D. 



Dr ALEXANDER WHYTE.-" I have spent a delightful 
and a refreshed evening over your book. And I thought again 
and again what an excellent gift book The Glory in the Grey 
would be. Your book has choice literature in it, fine feeling, 
a gracious glow throughout, and withal a great body of sound 
sense sanctified." 

Dr GEORGE H. MORRISON. "I cannot refrain from 
writing to congratulate you on the book. Its freshness, variety, 
suggestiveness, and poetry have fascinated me. It seems to 
me one of the best things I have read for years. All success 
to it. I have found it a little haven of rest in these troublous 
times." 

Dr DAYID SMITH. "Its messages, with their felicitous 
titles, have given me much enjoyment. They arc so fresh and 
heartsome. Such comfortable words are good to read in these 
dark days." 

Dr ALEXANDER SMELLIE. "It is delightful, from that 
beautiful and suggestive title on through page after page. Its 
wise, gracious, simple, and yet strong Christian teaching has 
brought me genuine help, and will, I am certain, be a rich 
benefit to everyone who opens the book." 

THE GLASGOW HERALD. 1 This is a book of hope, a 
tonic for the dejrcted and dispirited. The author has very 
successfully concentrated his attention on drawing out the 
elements of glory, of purpose, from the grey experiences of life. 
Obviously the man who can do this has a peculiarly suitable 
message for the present day : this one could scarcely be sent 
out more opportunely. The talks are all short; at odd 
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to say the reader will find something to sanction his faith in the 
healing forces of life. This book is sure of success." 

THE AYRSHIRE POST. "They are direct, sensible chats 
on those themes which bound the experience of every man ; and 
the various subjects are treated with a frankness which is at 
once winsome and effective." 

THE UNITED METHODIST. " The Glory in the Grey 
is one of the most suggestive books we have handled for many 
a day. Preachers reading this book will be provoked to write 
many sermons that will refresh their people, and the business 
man will find wonderful solace and quieting of heart and brain 
in reading one of these little chapters each evening before 
retiring to rest." 

THE EXPOSITORY TIMES. "The Rev. Archibald Alex- 
ander has the gift of effective public speech. Every talk is lit 
up with appropriate anecdote or analogy." 

LONDON: H. R. ALLENSON, LIMITED 



A DAY AT A TIME 



A DAY AT A TIME 

AND OTHER TALKS 
ON LIFE AND RELIGION 



BY THE REV. 

ARCH. ALEXANDER, M.A., B.D. 

Author of 
"The Glory in the Grey" 



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SECOND EDITION 



LONDON: H. R. ALLENSON, LIMITED 
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THIS BOOK 

WRITTEN IN WAR-TIME 
TO MINISTER COMFORT 

AND IF IT MAY BE TO REINFORCE HOPE 
AND FAITH 

IS DEDICATED 

BY PERMISSION 
TO 

SIR JOHN R. JELLICOE 

G.C.B., K.C.V.O. 
ADMIRAL OF THE GRAND FLEET 



" There are nettles everywhere, 
But smooth green grasses are more common still ; 
The blue of heaven is larger than the cloud." 

E. B. BROWNING 



CONTENTS 

PACK 

1. A DAY AT A TIME . . . . . . n 

2. GOD IN THE WHEELS . .18 

3. A TRIPLE BEST 24 

4. FINICAL FARMING . 3 1 

5. THE DOCTOR . 37 

6. WELL AND Now ... 43 

7. THE " WASHEN FACE " IN WAR TIME . 48 

8. THE REAL MARTHA . . 54 

9. OUR UNEARNED INCREMENT . 61 
10. SMOKING WICKS . 67 
n. CULPABLE GOODNESS . . 7 2 

12. A KHAKI VIRTUE . 7 8 

13. THE OVERCOMING OF PANIC . . 83 

14. THE DAY S DARG . 89 

15. GASHMU THE GOSSIP 95 

1 6. GOD IN FRONT . . 102 

17. " UNBELIEF KEPT QUIET " . . 109 

1 8. THE EQUIPMENT OF JOY . .115 

19. THE GOD OF THE UNLOVABLE MAN . .121 

20. UNDER THE JUNIPER TREE . . . 127 



Contents 



21. INSTRUCTING THE CABIN BOY .... 

22. GOD S DOOR OF HOPE ..... I3 8 

23. NOWADAYS ... .143 

24. ROUNDABOUT ROADS ... .151 

25. THE EXTRAVAGANCE OF LOVE . . . 157 

26. THE ART OF DOING WITHOUT . . . 163 

27. WONDER ........ l6g 

28. THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD . . .176 

29. THE UNRETURNING BRAVE . . . .183 

30. THE SACRAMENT OF SUNSET . . . .190 



"As thy days, so shall thy 
strength be." 

(DEUTERONOMY xxxiii. 25.) 

I 

A DAY AT A TIME 

IF any one of us knows a word of hope or 
has picked up a message of comfort anywhere, 
it is his plain duty to share it, these days. 
We owe it to each other to cherish as exceed 
ing precious, and to pass on to others, every 
brave and helpful word or thought we come 
across. 

Well, here is a splendid one for us all, and 
especially for those who have most at stake in 
this great conflict, and are looking anxiously 
ahead and fearing what the weeks may have in 
store, " As thy days, so shall thy strength be." 
It is a great and glorious promise. And just a 
couple of verses further on, it is caught up and 
included in one greater still, " The eternal God 
is thy refuge and underneath are the everlasting 
arms." Fathers and mothers, with a boy, or 
more than one, perhaps, away on active service 
for King and country, this promise is for you, to 

take to your heart and hide there, like some 

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12 A Day at a Time 

precious secret between you and God, As thy 
days, so shall thy strength be. 

Notice carefully, however, how the promise 
runs. Not, mark you, as your life is, not as 
your years are, not even as your weeks are, but 
as your days, so shall your strength be. For 
each day as it comes, God s promise is that 
strength will be given you, but just for a day at 
a time. The way to live under any circumstances, 
but especially in these hard weeks, is just a day 
at a time. Leave to-morrow with God, my 
brother, until it comes. That is what the Word 
of God lays upon you as a duty. Live this day 
at your best and bravest, trusting that God s 
help will not fail you. And for the duties and 
trials of to-morrow, however hard and heavy, 
believe that strength for that day also will be 
given you, when it comes. 

You cannot have failed to observe what an 
important place this way of living had in the 
teaching of Jesus Christ. He was always trying 
to get men to trust the coming days to God, and 
to live fully worthily and nobly to-day. He was 
dead against the practice of adding to the burdens 
of to-day fears and forebodings for to-morrow. It 
is in love to us, in His desire to save us unnecessary 
pain, that He bids us remember that " sufficient 
unto the day is the evil thereof." 



A Day at a Time 13 

In one of R. D. Blackmore s fine open-air 
stories, there is a character who talks at length 
about horses. After comparing good ones and 
bad ones in their behaviour the first time they 
breast a hill with a load behind them, he sums 
the matter up thus : " Howsoever good a horse 
be, he longeth to see over the top of the hill 
before he be half-way up it." The man who is 
listening to him confesses that he has often felt 
that way himself ! And I do not know that 
there are many of us who can claim to b^ guiltless 
in this respect. Yet it is perfectly plain that the 
men and women who are living the bravest and 
most successful lives around us, and are proving 
towers of strength to others, are those who have 
learned the art of living just a day at a time, and 
of depending upon God for strength for that day 
in the simplest and most trustful fashion. 

Why, my brothers, if God our Father had 
meant us to carry on our backs the fears and 
anxieties of the coming days, He would surely have 
told us more about them ! If we were meant to 
bear to-day what next week holds, surely we 
should have been permitted to see into next 
week. But we cannot. We cannot see a single 
second ahead. God gives us Now, and To- 
Morrow He keeps to Himself. Is there any 
thing wiser or better we can do with our to- 



14 A Day at a Time 

morrows than just to leave them quietly and 
trustfully with Him ? 

The habit of living ahead, as so many of us do, 
prevents us from getting the full taste and flavour 
of the happiness and blessing that are ours to-day. 
I defy any man to be adequately grateful for this 
day s sunshine if he is worrying all the time about 
the chance of a bad day to-morrow. Mark 
Rutherford, merciless self-critic as he was, takes 
himself severely to task for this habit in his 
" Autobiography." " I learned, alas ! when it 
was almost too late," he says, " to live in each 
moment as it passed over my head, believing 
that the sun as it is now rising, is as good as it 
ever will be." Yes, in great things as well as in 
little things, that is true. If we are to live our 
lives at the full, and anywhere on the Christian 
level, the only way is to live one day at a time. 

Our forefathers in the pulpit were fond of 
reminding their hearers to live each day as if it 
were their last. And in solemn truth, without 
being in the least morbid, that is the way to live. 
If a man knew that after to-day, he would not 
smell the sea again, how fully and gratefully 
would he fill his lungs with its ozone to-day ! If 
he knew he were not to enter God s House again, 
how earnestly and sincerely and reverently he 
would join in its worship to-day ! Yes, but the 



A Day at a Time 15 

point is, why should his hope, that he has other 
days to come, prevent him taking out of this 
day all that he possibly can ? Why should this 
day be any less prized, because others in all 
probability will follow it ? 

But the great value of this word is the comfort 
of it to those who are anxious and fear the coming 
days. And which of us is not in that category ? 
I do not suppose there is one of my readers upon 
whom, somehow or other, the war has not levied 
its tax. Nearly every one has somebody be 
longing to him or her who is in this gigantic 
struggle, and whose welfare is a matter of real 
concern. And, closer still, there are fathers and 
mothers, sisters and brothers, whose very dearest 
are " in it " or are getting ready to do their share. 
They have joined, and we are proud that they 
have joined, for this is a cause that ennobles every 
mother s son who fights for it. But who shall say 
what the mother s thoughts are, these days ? 
How proud, and justly proud, the father is that 
his boy has played the man, and offered himself 
to his King and for his country ! But only God, 
who made the father and the mother heart, 
knows what the surrender costs. And only God 
knows how eagerly and anxiously they look 
ahead to try to see what the future may hold. 

And, knowing that, He sends His comfort to 



16 A Day at a Time 

you, fathers and mothers. The comfort of His 
promise, As thy days, so shall thy strength be. 
Just a day at a time, my friend ! Do not take 
fears for next month on your shoulders now. 
You will get strength given you for to-day, certain 
and sure, and when next month comes, the 
strength and comfort for that day will come too, 
as certain and as sure. Be not over-anxious 
about the morrow. Leave your to-morrow, and 
your soldier-son, in God s hands. You can do 
nothing more at the best, and this is the best. 
But it is such a mistake to do anything less. 
Leave all your to-morrows with God it is what 
He wants you to do and humbly and gratefully 
take from His hands His gift of To-day, and the 
strength that comes with it. If that be not 
enough and it is not enough for God has said 
more when that is not enough, still your heart 
a moment, and listen ! And you will hear, 
beneath that promise for to-day, like the grand 
deep tones of an organ, the magnificent diapason 
of the Father s constant love and mindfulness, 
" The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath 
are the everlasting arms." And surely that is 
enough ! 

" So for To-morrow and its needs 

I do not pray, 

But keep me, guide me, help me, Lord, 
Just for To-Day." 



A Day at a Time 17 

PRAYER 

O Lord our God, who dost appoint the way 
for each of us, give us the grace to trust that as 
Thou hast helped us hitherto, so, in Thy great 
mercy, Thou wilt bless us still. We do not ask 
to see the distant scene. Keep us, and our 
beloved, this day ; and in quietness and con 
fidence teach us to leave to-morrow with Thee, 
our Father. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 



" The Spirit of life was in 
the wheels." 

(EZEKIEL i. 21.) 

II 

GOD IN THE WHEELS 

THE prophet Ezekiel once had an extraordinary 
vision of God. He tries to tell us about it, but 
his description seems to be a meaningless jumble 
of cherubim, and wheels, wheels within wheels, 
complex, wonderful, unresting. Behind all, he 
saw the Glory of God. And again and again he 
tells us that " the Spirit of Life was in the wheels." 

Now that at least is intelligible, and it is a good 
thing for us to think about. The Spirit of God is 
in the wheels. 

I want to suggest to you that He is in the wheels 
of industry. We have no hesitation in saying 
that God gives the farmer his harvest, and we 
actually thank Him for it in His temple. A 
shepherd with a lamb in his arms is for a pastoral 
people like the Jews the very image of the Saviour 
God. But men who dwell in towns, and work in 
mills and factories and yards and railways, or 
who control or manage such places, have little to 
do with either corn or sheep. Is it not worth 
while to remind them that God is also in the 

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God in the Wheels 19 

wheels ? Do you remember how Kipling s old 
chief engineer Macandrew believed that his twin 
monsters, driving the liner onward on her way, 
sang their hourly hymn of praise to God ? And 
why not ? From all the wheels of industry and 
man s inventiveness, goes there not up to Him 
a praise as real as the song of His little birds ? 

Where two or three gather together on Lord s 
days, God is truly and graciously present. But 
I want you to remember that out in the noisy 
moving world of industry and business, God is 
present also, guiding, controlling and bringing 
His long, long plans to pass. It is by His decree 
that all the countless wheels of traffic and pro 
duction turn and spin, for He needs them all, 
and has brought them into being by the hands 
of men, and they are His, as the Church is His. 
I would not have you, as Christian men, look 
upon your week-day world with its mechanism 
and its traffic, that world of yours that goes so 
literally upon wheels, as a province of life very 
far remote from the presence of God. I would 
remind you rather that God s spirit is in those 
wheels, that they move at His bidding, and that 
they are working out His purposes upon the 
earth. 

I would suggest, further, that God is in those 
wheels whose turning brings us Change. If you 



20 God in the Wheels 

will allow the figure, I would say that God is in 
the wheels of Change and time. 

As we grow older, we resent more and more 
the constant alteration of the surroundings of 
life. It saddens us that there should be such a 
continual moving on. But perhaps it is in the 
realm of doctrine and practice that changes hurt 
and perplex us most. Godly old customs die 
out. The face of truth seems to alter. Old 
notes in religion disappear and new ones take 
their place, and we are sorely tempted to ask if 
it be possible that the children can know God 
better or serve His Christ more truly than their 
fathers. Ah yes, from forty years and upwards, 
men are very apt to have a quarrel with change. 
They resent it, and would spike Time s wheels if 
they could. 

Forgetting that the Spirit of God is in those 
very wheels. Change is God s method and His 
blessing. The Bible does not envy the man who 
has no changes. It is afraid for him, afraid that 
for want of them, he may settle on his lees, and 
forget the fear of God. 

Of course, no one will defend every new fashion, 
or assert that everything recent is an improve 
ment on what went before. But I, for one, do 
believe that generation after generation men are 
moving up, being shepherded up, the long slope of 



God in the Wheels 21 

history nearer to God. I believe that God s 
promise is that He will do better for us than at 
the beginnings, and I believe He is keeping His 
promise. I must believe that the history of this 
world which man rough hews, is spite of all the 
wars being shaped by God Himself, or else 
there is no God at all. And so I would say to 
those who distrust the continual changes of life, 
and would fain stop the wheels that turn on and 
on and never halt, " Fear not ! Be of good 
courage ! For aback of all change is God our 
Father, and it is His Spirit that is working in the 
wheels." 

Again, I would suggest to you that God is in 
the wheels that shape your own lot and mine. 
The wheels of Chance, they are sometimes called, 
the mere whirligig of destiny, as if the world were 
some blind irresponsible machine grinding on in 
the dark, and heeding not which or how many 
lives were broken in its teeth. 

And I grant you that there be times when that 
idea seems feasible. For life is full of mysterious 
happenings, and chance sometimes seems the 
most probable explanation. The tragedy of Job 
is always being played somewhere. There are 
men who up to a certain point in life have known 
nothing but good fortune, and after that, nothing 
but disappointment and disaster. Out of a 



22 God in the Wheels 

blue sky the bolt may fall on any one ; while 
from clouds lowering and heavy, it is waited for, 
expected and dreaded and never comes ! The 
merest knife-edge of circumstance sometimes 
affects results out of all proportion to its import 
ance. " A grain of sand in a man s flesh " as 
Pascal remarks, " has changed the course of 
Empires." Yes, I grant you, there be times 
when the blind chance theory does suggest itself. 

But by an overwhelming majority the instinct 
of man is against it. And best of all, Jesus Christ, 
our supreme authority, has pledged Himself in 
His life and death, that the Ruler and Disposer 
of all events is Eternal Love. We have learned 
from Jesus to say and to trust " Our Father who 
art in Heaven." We know and believe that 
whatever is to come falls not by chance, but is 
sent and permitted by the Love of God, who makes 
no mistakes. Taught and inspired by Jesus, 
many thousands of men and women have com 
mitted themselves and all their interests home, 
health, happiness, reputation, loved ones to 
the keeping of God the Father, and known by the 
peace that came to them, that it was a real 
transaction. 

Soulless wheels of destiny ! say some. The 
blind mechanism of law ! Ah, no, Jesus is the 
refutation of that. Law there is, and mechanism 



God in the Wheels 23 

there must be. But neither blind nor soulless. 
For, above all, is the Father Love of God, and it 
is His spirit that is guiding and governing the 
wheels. 

Wheels of Industry, Wheels of Change, Wheels 
of Destiny. And God s Spirit in them all ! 

PRAYER 

O Lord our God, to whom not only the Church 
but our whole work-a-day world belongs, give 
us the purged sight that can see Thy tokens 
there. Deliver us from all foolish fear of changes 
since the goad moving all things onward is in 
our Father s hand. And help us to be sure that 
whatsoever befalleth us and ours has been per 
mitted and appointed by a Love that passeth 
knowledge. Amen. 



" The just shall live by faith. 
(ROMANS i. 17.) 

Ill 

A TRIPLE BEST 

SOME time ago I came across the life-motto of 
George Stephenson, the " father of the loco 
motive," as he has been called, the man whose 
brains and sagacity made possible the network 
of railways which spreads now over the earth. 
The crystallised experience of such a life is worth 
studying Here, then, was Stephenson s work 
ing formula : " Make the best of everything ; / 
think the best of everybody ; hope the best for/ 
yourself." 

First, MAKE THE BEST OF EVERYTHING. In 

every set of circumstances possible or conceivable, 
there are always, at any rate, two ways of acting. 
You can look for the helpful, bright, and hopeful 
things, and " freeze on " to these meantime. 
Or, you can select all the doleful, sombre aspects, 
and sit down in the dust with them. Now, if it 
did not matter which a man did, there would be 
no good saying any more. But it has long since 
become abundantly clear that the man who 
makes the best of his circumstances, however 

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A Triple Best 25 

hard they be, comes most happily out of them in 
the end. In other words, it pays to make the 
best of things. It is the cheery people who recover 
quickest when they are sick. There are men 
who, if their house should fall in ruins about 
them, will contrive some sort of shelter meantime 
with the broken beams ! That is the type that 
wins out in the end somehow ; these are the men 
to whom the miracles happen who never know 
when they are beaten, who will face the most 
tremendous odds with " the half of a broken 
hope " for a shield, who are never done until they 
are dead. What makes for success or failure in a 
man is nothing external to him at all. It is 
something within him. It is the temper of 
his spirit. It is the way he captains his own 
soul. 

The other day I saw a photograph of a back 
yard. It was a little bit of a place, of the most 
forlorn appearance, littered with tin cans, over 
grown with weeds, and hemmed round with 
blank walls of brick. But it came into the 
hands of a man who believed in making the best 
of things. Another photograph showed that 
same backyard after a year had passed. It was 
still as small as ever, still overlooked by high 
walls and surrounded by chimneys. But it was 
now a perfect little oasis of beauty amid a 



26 A Triple Best 

wilderness of bricks and slates. Will anybody 
deny that that spirit pays ? 

Right up the scale, from little things to the 
highest things, the man who looks for the shining 
possibilities and follows them, is the man on whom, 
in our short-sighted way, we say that Fortune 
smiles. Rather, he smiles in such a determined 
way to Fortune, that she has at length to smile 
back ! 

Nobody pretends that it is easy, when we have 
failed, to gather our powers together and try 
again. But nearly all the big men have had to 
do that very thing. It certainly is not easy, 
when you have a heavy burden of your own, to 
spare a cheery word or a hand of sympathy for 
somebody who is really much better off, but there 
are plenty of people doing it at this moment. 
Nero s palace is the last place in this world where 
you would expect to find a company of loyal 
Christian folk. Yet there were such people 
there, " the saints of Caesar s household." And 
the grace of God that made that possible can 
achieve all these lesser wonders too. 

Second, THINK THE BEST OF EVERYBODY. 
There is a winsome legend that Jesus once 
revealed Himself in this way : A knot of idlers 
had gathered in the street round a dead dog. 
One remarked how mangy and unkempt its hide 



A Triple Best 27 

was. Another said, " What ugly ears ! " But a 
stranger, who had come forward, said, " Pearls 
are not whiter than its teeth ! " And men said 
to one another, " This must be Jesus of Nazareth, 
for nobody but He would find something good 
even in a dead dog." Certainly it is the mark 
of the most Christlike men and women that they 
delight rather in emphasising the merest speck 
of goodness than in denouncing the too visible 
evil. We can, all too easily, see the fault in 
another. What we cannot see is the heart of the 
defaulter, the weight of temptation he struggled 
under, and his bitter inner penitence. " Granted," 
as Carlyle says, " the ship comes into harbour 
with shrouds and tackle damaged ; the pilot is 
blameworthy. He has not been all-wise and all- 
powerful. But, to know how blameworthy, tell 
us first whether his voyage has been round the 
globe, or only to Ramsgate and the Isle of Dogs." 
The way to get the best out of people is to 
think the best about them. Let a man see that 
you have good hopes of him, and recognise what 
is best in him, and, in ways of which science can 
give no explanation, you add to his chances of 
reaching better things. In any case, who would 
not wish to stand on Christ s side rather than on 
Judas s. " This ointment might have been sold 
for three hundred pence and given to the poor." 



28 A Triple Best 

That is Judas. " Let her alone. Why trouble 
ye her ? She hath wrought a good work in me. 
She hath done what she could." That is Jesus 
Christ. 

Third, Don t leave yourself out of the picture. 
HOPE THE BEST FOR YOURSELF. George Eliot, 
in her " Scenes of Clerical Life," gives, in one 
chapter, an account of how the Rev. Amos Barton 
is criticised and discussed in his parish. In the 
next chapter we see the Rev. Amos himself 
going on his way blissfully unconscious of the 
poor opinion in which he is held, believing quite 
honestly in himself, and not a little proud of his 
abilities. We are poor plants," says this keen 
student of character, " buoyed up by the air 
vessels of our own conceit." And a blessed thing, 
too, when you think of it ! If we only knew all 
the disparaging remarks people make about us, 
we should never face up to our duties at all. 
What helps us along is our innocent belief in our 
powers, in the esteem in which we are held our 
little conceits, if you like. Since they send us to 
our tasks with more spirit, and keep us at them 
with more determination, aren t they good things 
in their way ? They are indeed just a lower form 
of that hope that we are speaking of Hope s 
poor relations. 

If these are of such value, how much more 



A Triple Best 29 

pure quiet steady Hope itself, purged of all pride 
and undue self-esteem ? Hope the best for 
yourself, and you are already a good way on the 
road to it. Suggestion is a tremendously power 
ful instrument, even when you make it yourself. 
By self suggestion, the psychologists tell us, you 
can influence your actions, your character, and 
your general outlook in a wonderful fashion, 
either to your advantage or your hurt. There 
fore, they say, be careful never to suggest evil 
to yourself. Never say to yourself, "I m going 
to make a mess of this," or " I am not fit for that." 
Suggest success, happiness, health, and you 
beckon them to you. Hope the best for yourself, 
and you pave the way for its coming. 

On higher planes, the same holds true. Hope 
on, and, though you fall you will rise again. 
Believe that you will be enabled to face your 
trouble or temptation, and you will be brought 
through it somehow. Even when the end of life 
is near, hope still, for beyond this best there is a 
better, and God s road winds uphill all the way. 

But, you say, this is just faith. I know it is. 
Run your hopes for yourself up as high as you 
can reach, and they will touch God and become 
faith. That is why you are to hope the best for 
yourself. Because God. Because God the 
Father loves you, and desires the best for you 



30 A Triple Best 

too. I believe in the optimism which Stephenson s 
motto embodies, because I believe in the Father 
hood of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
That is why I counsel you to go on hoping that 
the best is yet to be. Not that we can earn it at 
all, or that we deserve it at all. But because 
God, our Father. And, for the daring and faith 
of that saying, this sufficient ground. Because 
Jesus Christ. 

PRAYER 

Help us all, Heavenly Father, to meet the 
discipline of life with stouter hearts. May we 
all try harder to cultivate the Christ-like mark 
of charity. And spite of our many sins and 
shortcomings, and our poor love of Thee, grant 
us the courage to believe that all things, in Thy 
great Love for us, are working together for our 
good. We ask it for Jesus sake. Amen. 



" He that obsevveth the wind 
shall not sow, and he that 
regardeth the clouds shall not 
reap." 

(ECCLESIASTES ii. 4.) 

IV 
FINICAL FARMING 

WHEN a man like the writer of Ecclesiastes 
gives his views on life, it is worth everybody s 
while to listen. A tabloid of experience is worth 
a ton of theory. And it is from his own know 
ledge of men and experience of life that he has 
discovered that " he that observe th the wind 
shall not sow, and he that regardeth the clouds 
shall not reap." 

Was ever a temper of mind, that we all know 
something about, more neatly hit off than that ? 
You can see the very picture which this wise 
preacher had before his eyes. Agricola was a 
farmer in his parish who would not sow his fields 
unless the wind was blowing soft and gentle 
from a certain direction, and the clouds were just 
as he wished to see them. He held there was no 
hope of a harvest unless wind and clouds were 
right. And I observed, says the wise man, that 
Agricola, my farmer friend, waiting for the exactly 
suitable conditions, never got his seed in at all. 

He was speaking chiefly about benevolence 



32 Finical Farming 

and charity when he used this figure. And that 
is one reason why we need to give heed to it. 
For ours is an age of charity. We give more to 
the poor and needy to-day than ever any nation 
gave before. It is said, indeed, that a good deal 
of our giving is not very wise. Our charities 
overlap. The truly necessitous are forgotten, 
and the improvident, the lazy, and the wasteful 
reap the largest share. Certainly that is one of 
the perils of charity- giving. But I question very 
much if, in our efforts to avoid it, we are not 
running the risk of falling into a graver mistake 
still, namely, of observing the wind overmuch 
before we sow. If I refuse to give my mite for 
Christ s sake till I have made perfectly certain 
that it will not be misused, if we withhold our 
subscription from a charity till we are assured that 
it is managed in the very most economical fashion, 
it will end in us giving nothing at all. There is, 
of course, a reasonable amount of inquiry that is 
not only legitimate but necessary. Just as there 
is a regarding of the clouds before reaping which 
is simply wise. But, to wait till every scruple is 
satisfied, till every risk has been eliminated and 
there is not a cloud in the sky, is to wait for a 
state of matters that may be long enough in 
coming. Meantime the needy person may die ; 
or the corn blacken in the fields. 



Finical Farming 33 

Charity, however, is but a small part of Christian 
benevolence. The law of Christ says " neigh 
bour " whether he be poor or not. He is in 
trouble, and I feel inclined to visit him. Must 
I wait till I am sure he will not misunderstand my 
motive ? I have it in my heart to forgive him. 
Shall I defer the reconciliation till I am convinced 
he will not offend again ? Or I have hurt and 
offended him, and wish to apologise. Had I not 
better wait till I know that he will not reject my 
advances ? The wise man s answer to all these 
questions is an emphatic No. If you wait for all 
that, he says, you will wait too long, and the 
chance will go past. Wait till the wind and the 
clouds are just as you would wish them, and you 
will neither sow nor reap at all. 

What to do, then ? The wise man answers : 
" In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening 
withhold not thy hand, for thou knowest not 
whether shall prosper, either this or that, or 
whether they both shall be alike good." Just 
because you can never fully calculate what the 
result of your labours may be, give up trying. 
Don t trouble about it, but do what comes to 
your hand at the time. If it is sowing time, 
don t wait for the perfect day. If the weather 
will do at all, sow thy seed in the morning, and 
in the evening do not stop. In other words, 
c 



34 Finical Farming 

Take life more royally. Do not be deterred by 
its ordinary risks. Seize your chance like a 
brave man. You do not know, of course, whether 
that seed you sow will prosper or not. But sow 
it, all the same. Don t let the fact that you 
don t know cause you to hold your hand. It is 
just because you do not know but that the kind 
ness which you offer your neighbour may be ill- 
requited, that there is a royal free-handed self- 
forge tf ulness in offering it. That a man should 
live his life and do his good deeds with a certain 
dash and carelessness of consequence that, the 
Preacher thought the ideal of noble living. And 
when we measure it by the standard of Him who 
said, Do good and lend, hoping for nothing again, 
it does not seem to come so very far short. 

For, of course, there are the continual surprises 
that life holds for faith. If only the corn reaped 
when the clouds were just right was safely gathered 
in, then indeed we might feel that we could not be 
too careful. But what do we find again and 
again ? Why, we find that men who have had 
the faith to sow \vhen the day was by no means 
perfect have been blessed beyond their expecta 
tions. We find our barns full and running over, 
though we reaped on a cloudy day. We have 
seen men cast their bread upon the waters, where 
you would say it was certain to be lost, and find 



Finical Farming 35 

it again, after many days. It s perfectly true 
that you don t know whether shall prosper this or 
that. Yet how often have you been surprised 
to find that where you thought you knew, you 
were proved mistaken, and where you dealt in 
faith, it stood justified beyond your dreams. 

And so, the end of the matter for the Preacher 
is, once more, Live your life royally, with a cer 
tain loving wastefulness, and an easy disregard 
of calculations. Do all the good you can, and 
do it with a free hand, not asking to see your 
harvest before you sow, but taking your risk of 
it, and leaving the outcome with God. " Cast 
your bread on the waters, and you will find it 
after many days." 

But what of the bread one has cast on the 
waters, only to see it carried away, apparently 
of no use to anybody ? What of the faith that 
has not been justified ? What of the good done 
to the ill-deserving, of the kindly-meant act 
repaid with indignity and scorn ? It is a hard 
question, not easy to answer, not fully to be 
answered at all. " After many days," said the 
Preacher. And there is no sign yet, we say. 
Patience, brothers, patience ! God s day is not 
yet done. When the days have run out to the 
end, it will be time enough to say if we miss the 
bread returning. We shall be better able to 



36 Finical Farming 

count the gains and the losses, if there are any 
then, when the " days " are done. 

PRAYER 

Teach us, O Lord and Master, the high and 
difficult lesson that only those who lose their 
lives shall truly find them. Show us that the 
manna hoarded in miserly fashion is always 
touched by Thy curse. In small things as in 
great, may this be a token that we are Thy 
disciples, that virtue also goeth out of us. 
Amen. 



" But when Jesus heard 
that, he said unto them, they 
that be whole need not a 
physician, but they that are 
sick." 

(MATTHEW ix. 12.) 

V 
THE DOCTOR 

JESUS is Himself the best witness as to what He 
was, and what He wished to do for men. It is 
a fact, moreover, for which we cannot be too 
thankful that, in explaining Himself, Jesus used 
not the language of doctrine, but living figures 
and symbols which the humblest and youngest 
could not fail to understand. 

When, for example, He compared Himself to a 
shepherd leaving the ninety and nine in the fold 
and braving the darkness and the steep places 
that he might bring back the one that had 
wandered, He opens a window into His own 
love for men which is worth pages of description. 
For those who are familiar with the daily life and 
work of a shepherd, it means a great deal that 
Jesus waits to be the Shepherd of men. 

But, in these very different days of ours, there 
are multitudes in streets and tenements who 
have never seen a shepherd, and know not what 
manner of life is his. So that one is glad 
that Jesus gave Himself other names as well. 

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38 The Doctor 

When Matthew Arnold met the pale-faced preacher 
in the slums of Bethnal Green, and asked him how 
he did 

" Bravely," he said, " f or I of late have been 
Much cheered with thoughts of Christ, the 
Living Bread." 

If that name for Christ brought him comfort, 
another preacher may be allowed to confess that 
he has often been cheered and helped by the 
thought of Jesus as the Good Physician. I am 
glad that in effect, at least, if not in actual words, 
He called Himself by that name. 

This is His apology for consorting with publicans 
and sinners, for being so accessible to those who 
had lost caste and character. He says it is the 
sick who need a Physician, not those who are 
well. And His defence implies that Jesus re 
garded Himself as being in a true sense a Physician, 
not for outward ills merely, but for the whole 
man, body, mind, and spirit. 

The days were, as you know, when priest and 
physician were one calling ; and it is doubtless 
to the advantage of both vocations that their 
spheres are now distinct. But it may be, and 
I think it is, unfortunate that Jesus should be 
regarded by many as so entirely identified with 
the priestly side of life and the priestly calling. 
It is beyond question that a faithful priest is, 



The Doctor 39 

in his degree, a mirror of Christ, and helps men 
to see Him more clearly. But it is also true 
and a truth worth underlining in these days 
that the Doctor, too, is a symbol of what Christ 
means to be to men nay, more, that there are 
respects in which the figure of a beloved physician 
of to-day comes nearer to the reality of the 
living human Christ than any other calling in the 
world. 

It is a sure and unique place which the Doctor 
holds in the esteem and confidence of the com 
munity. He is the most accessible of all pro 
fessional men, the most implicitly trusted, and, 
I think, the best beloved. At all hours of the 
day and night he is ready to give his services to 
those who need him. His mere presence in the 
sick room inspires confidence. In the poor dis 
tricts of town and city especially, he is more really 
the friend and confidant and helper of everybody 
than any other person whatever. As no other 
man does, the Doctor goes about continually 
doing good. His life is a constant self-sacrifice 
for his fellow-men. He wears himself out in the 
interests of the needy. He runs risks daily from 
which other men flee. He asks not to be 
ministered unto, but to minister, and often and 
literally he gives his life a ransom for many. 

And I do not know what we have been think- 



40 The Doctor 

ing of that we have not oftener made use of 
this as Christ s claim for Himself, that we have 
not told the ignorant and the very poor especi 
ally, who know far more about the Doctor than 
they do about the Church, who are, in fact, shy 
of all that is priestly, but who do understand 
and appreciate the Doctor, I say, I do not know 
why we have not oftener told them to forget that 
Jesus is the King and Head of the Church and 
remember only that He is the best of all Physicians. 
That Christ is compassionate, sympathetic, and 
approachable, like the Doctor, would be veritable 
good news to many a poor ignorant soul who is 
mightily afraid of His priests. 

The word which comes to our lips when we 
seek to characterise the life and work of the true 
Doctor is Christlike. And big as the title is, it 
is deserved. In sacrifice and self-forgetfulness, 
in his care most for those who most need him, 
in the way he identifies himself with his patient, 
bearing with, because understanding, his weakness 
and petulance and fears, and seeking all the while 
only to heal and help and save him, there is no 
more Christlike character or calling in the modern 
world than the Doctor. 

I am the happy possessor of an engraving 
a gift from one whose calling is to teach doctors 
of Luke Fildes famous picture. Most of you 



The Doctor 41 

doubtless are familiar with it. It represents the 
interior of a humble home where a little child 
lies critically ill. The father and mother, dis 
tracted with grief, have yielded their place beside 
the couch to the Doctor, who sits watching and 
waiting, all-absorbed in the little one s trouble. 
It is a noble face, strong, compassionate, resource 
ful, gentle ; and if the Eternal Christ of God is to 
be represented to us in His strength and gentle 
ness by any human analogy or likeness whatever, 
as He wished to be, and indeed must be, no finer 
figure could be found, I think, than that, none 
more certain to draw out the reverence and 
gratitude and trust of men. 

Men of all grades and classes appeal to and trust 
the Doctor. But how many of them realise that 
Jesus desires that men should come to Him and 
trust His willingness to help and save them, just 
as they would do to some good physician ? How 
many men who have found comfort by taking 
their fears and forebodings to the Doctor and 
hearing his authoritative "Go in peace ! " know 
or realise that just so would Jesus have us bring 
Him our unworthiness and shame and sin ? 
Jesus never preached at those whom His com 
passion drew to Him. He never lectured them, 
He just helped them, and that at once. He 
lifted them to their feet and gave them a new 



42 The Doctor 

hope. He, straightway, in God s name, assured 
them of forgiveness. 

Ah, if men only understood that Jesus is to be 
found to-day down among the world s burdened 
and weary souls, not as a Priest begirt with 
ceremony and aloof from daily life, but as a 
Physician, approachable, helpful, human, who 
sees and pities their weakness, and longs to save 
them and help them to their best. If men only 
understood that ! 

PRAYER 

We come to Thee, Thou Good Physician, with 
all our ills and fears. We would whisper in 
Thine ear the troubles that frighten and shame 
us. Surely Thou wilt hear. Draw near us in 
Thy strength and Pity, and in Thy Mercy heal 
us all. Amen. 



" Whatsoever thy hand findeth 
to do, do it with thy might, 
for there is no work nor device 
nor knowledge nor wisdom in 
the grave whither thou goest." 

(ECCLESIASTES ix. IO.) 

VI 
WELL AND NOW 

IN popular and condensed form, the golden rule 
according to Ecclesiastes is, "Do it well and do 
it now." His own words are, " Whatsoever thy 
hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, for 
there is no work nor device nor knowledge nor 
wisdom in the grave whither thou goest/ We 
want to let that precept soak into our minds for 
a little. 

Do IT WELL. " Whatsoever thy hand findeth 
to do, do it with thy might/ Among the lesser 
joys of life there are few that thrill one with a 
more pleasurable sense of satisfaction than that 
which goes with the bit of work finished, rounded- 
off and done as well as one can do it. No matter 
what the job may be, if it is worth doing at 
all, or if it is one s business to do it, it is not 
difficult to recognise in the curious inward glow 
over its honourable completion, a token of God s 
good pleasure, some far-off echo of His " Well 
done ! " 

It is a truism which never loses its point that 

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44 Well and Now 

it is enthusiasm that commands success. In her 
weird book called "Dreams," Olive Schreiner 
tells the parable of an artist who painted a beauti 
ful picture. On it there was a wonderful glow 
which drew the admiration of all his compeers, 
but which none could imitate. The other painters 
said, Where did he get his colours ? But though 
they sought rich and rare pigments in far-off 
Eastern lands they could not catch the secret of 
it. One day the artist was found dead beside his 
picture, and when they stripped him for his 
shroud they found a wound beneath his heart. 
Then it dawned upon them where he had got his 
colour. He had painted his picture with his own / 
heart s blood ! It is the only way to paint it, if 
the picture is to be worth while at all. If we 
would have the work that we do live and count, 
our heart s blood must go into it. Whatsoever 
thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might. 

What magnificent heart-stirring examples are 
coming to us every day just now, from sea and 
battle-field, of the good old British virtue of 
sticking in gamely to the end and " seeing the 
thing through ! " If the stories of the old English 
Admirals are calculated, as Stevenson says, to 
" send bank clerks back with more heart and 
spirit to their book-keeping by double entry," 
shall not the story that unfolds day by day of 



Well and Now 45 

what our own kith and kin are doing, nerve and 
inspire us all to " do OUR bit," to face up to OUR 
duty, humdrum and ordinary though it be, with 
the same grit and energy, with the same deter 
mination to see it through, and make as good a 
job of it as we can ? 

The Preacher has his reason for this advice. 
Because, he says, some day you will have to stop 
and lay down your tools, and that will be the end. 
No more touching botched work after that. No 
going back to lift dropped stitches then. Such 
as it is, your record will have to stand as you 
leave it, when Death raps at your door. Even 
for us in this Christian age, this ancient Preacher s 
reason still stands valid and solemn. Do what 
you are at now as well as ever you can, for you 
shall pass that way no more again for ever. 

The Apostle Paul, who expresses practically 
the same sentiment, gives a different reason. 
" Whatever ye do," he writes to the Colossians, 
"do it heartily as to the Lord." And that is the 
point for you and me. Not merely because we 
have a limited time to work, but because our work 
is Christ s service, we must do it heartily, with 
all our might. It is to the Lord. To us all in our 
different labours, in the things we work at day 
by day, and the worthy interests we endeavour 
to support, there comes this call that transforms 



46 Well and Now 

the very commonest duty into an honourable 
obligation to a personal living Master Whatever 
ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord. 

Yes, and DO IT NOW. For the amount of 
misery and suffering and remorse that is directly 
due to putting off the God-given impulse or 
generous purpose to some other season, is simply 
incalculable. If all the kind letters had been 
written when the thought of writing was fresh 
and insistent ah me, how many burdened souls 
would have been the braver and the stronger. If 
only the friendly visit had been paid when we 
thought about it and why wasn t it ? " Never 
suppose," says Bagshot, " that you can make up 
to a neglected friend by going to visit him in a 
hospital. Repent on your own death-bed, if you 
like, but not on another s." 

An old writer on agriculture says that there are 
seasons when if the husbandman misses a day he 
falls a whole year behind. But in life the result 
is often more serious still. When you miss the 
day, you miss it for ever. Wherefore, let us hear 
the words of the Preacher. If we have a kind 
purpose in our heart towards any living soul, 
let us do it now. If we think of beginning a 
better way of living, let us begin now. If we 
propose to end our days sworn and surrendered 
servants and soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ, 



Well and Now 47 

let us volunteer now, for this is the day of 
salvation. 

It is said that a great English moralist had 
engraved on his watch the words, " The night 
cometh," so that whenever he looked at the time 
he might be reminded of the preciousness of the 
passing moment. The night cometh. How far 
away it may be, or how near to any one of us, 
no one of us knows. But near or far it cometh 
with unhalting step. Wherefore, whatsoever the 
thing be that is in your heart to do, great or 
little, for yourself or for others, for man or for 
God Do IT NOW ! 

PRAYER 

O Lord our God, by whose command it is that 
man goeth forth to his work and his labour until 
the evening, grant us all a more earnest regard 
for the sacredness of each passing moment, and 
help us to do with our whole heart whatsoever 
our hand findeth to do. For Jesus sake. Amen. 



"And he washed his face, 
and went out, and refrained 
himself, and said, Set on bread." 
(GENESIS xliii. 31.) 

VII 
THE " WASHEN FACE " IN WAR TIME 

THAT is what Joseph did when his feelings nearly 
overmastered him at the sight of his brother 
Benjamin standing before him, all unconscious 
of who he was. He " sought where to weep," 
says the record with quaint matter-of-factness, 
for of course he did not want his brothers to see 
him weeping just yet. So "he entered into his 
chamber and wept there." But Joseph s secret 
affections being thus recognised and allowed their 
expression, he had a duty to perform. He put 
a curb upon his feelings. He took a firm grip of 
himself. He " washed his face and went out, and 
refrained himself, and said, Set on bread." One 
cannot help admiring that. It was a fine thing 
to do. 

And there are two classes of people in our own 
time in whom one sees this same attitude, and 
never without a strange stirring of heart. 

The first and most honourable are those who 
have already tasted of the sorrows of war and 
lost some dear one in the service of King and 



The " Washen Face " in War Time 49 

country. We speak of the courage and sacrifice 
of our men, and we cannot speak too highly or 
too gratefully about that. But there is something 
else that runs it very close, if it does not exceed 
it, and that is the quiet heroism and endurance 
of many of those who have been bereaved. Time 
and again one sees them facing up to all life s 
calls upon them with a marvellous spirit of self- 
restraint. God only knows how sad and sore 
their loss is. And upon what takes place when 
they enter into their chamber and shut the door 
and face their sorrow alone with God, it does not 
beseem us to intrude. Such sorrow is a sacred 
thing, but at least we know, and are glad to know, 
that God Himself is there as He is nowhere else. 
It is never wrong and never weak to let the tears 
come before Him. As a father understands, so 
does He know all about it. As a mother com- 
forteth, so does the touch of His Hand quieten 
and console. 

But what fills one with reverent admiration is 
that so many of those whose hearts we know have 
been so cruelly wounded have set up a new and 
noble precedent in the matter of courage and 
self-control. They are not shirking any of the 
duties of life. They are claiming no exemptions 
on the ground of their sorrow, and they excuse 
themselves from no duty merely because it 
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50 The "Washen Face" in War Time 

would hurt. They wear their hurt gently like a 
flower in the breast. They carry their sorrow 
like a coronet. Out from their secret chambers 
they come, with washen face and brave lips to 
do their duty and refrain themselves. How 
beautiful it is ! What a fine thing to see ! The 
sorrowing mother of a noble young fellow I am 
proud to have known, said to a friend recently 
who was marvelling at her fortitude, " My boy 
was very brave and I must try to be brave, too, 
for his sake." Dear, gentle mother ! One cannot 
speak worthily about a spirit so sweet and gracious 
as that. One can only bow the head and breathe 
the inward prayer, " God send thee peace, brave 
heart ! " But, surely, to accept sorrow in that 
fashion is to entertain unawares an angel of God ! 
The feeling which underlies this new etiquette 
of sorrow with the washen face is not very easily 
put into words. But it rests, I think, upon the 
dim sense that the death which ends those young 
lives on this noble field of battle is something 
different from the ordinary bleak fact of mortality. 
If death is ever glorious, it is when it comes to 
the soldier fighting for a pure and worthy cause. 
There is something more than sorrow, there is 
even a quiet and reverent pride in the remem 
brance that the beloved life was given as "a 
ransom for many." When one thinks what we 



The " Washen Face" in War Time 51 

are fighting for, one can hardly deny to the fallen 
the supreme honour of the words " for Christ s 
sake." And it is not death to fall so. Rather 
is it the finding of life larger and more glorious 
still. It is that that marks the war-mourners of 
to-day as a caste royal and apart. It is that that 
moves so many of them by an inward instinct to 
wear their sorrow royally. Hidden in the heart 
of their grief is a tender and wistful pride. Lowell 
has put this feeling into very fine words : 

" I, with uncovered head, 
Salute the sacred dead, 
Who went and who return not 
Say not so. 

Tis not the grapes of Canaan that repay, 
But the high faith that fails not by the way. 
Virtue treads paths that end not in the grave ; 
No bar of endless night exiles the brave, 
And, to the saner mind, 
We rather seem the dead that stayed behind." 

The other class who are teaching us a new and 
better way to bear burdens are the friends at 
home of those who are on active service. Men, 
with sons in the trenches, are going about our 
streets these days almost as if nothing were 
happening, making it a point of honour not to 
let the lurking fear in their hearts have any 
outward expression. Wives and mothers and 
sisters are filling their hands and their hearts full 



52 The " Washen Face " in War Time 

of duties, and putting such a brave face on life 
that you would never suspect they have a chamber 
that could tell a different tale. It is absolutely 
splendid. There is no other word for it. I 
walked a street-length with a young wife recently 
whose man has been ill and out of the fight for a 
while. She hoped that he might have been sent 
home, and who can blame her ? but he has gone 
back to the trenches instead. And how bravely 
and quietly she spoke of it ! Pride, a true and 
noble pride in her beloved soldier, a resolute 
endeavour to do her difficult bit as uncom 
plainingly and willingly as he it seemed to me 
that I saw all that in her brave smile. And I said 
to myself, " Here is the cult of the washen face ! 
And a noble cult too ! Britain surely deserves 
to win when her women carry their crosses so ! " 
It is easy, of course, to read the thought in 
their minds. Our men, they say, are splendid, 
why should we be doleful and despondent ? They 
have made a new virtue of cheerfulness ; let us 
try to learn it too. They have offered everything 
in a cause which it is an honour to help in any 
degree ; let us lay beside theirs the worthy 
sacrifice of the washen face and a brave restraint. 
Such, I imagine, is the unconscious kind of reason 
ing which results in the resolute and cheerful bear 
ing you may see on all sides of you every day. 



The " Washen Face" in War Time 53 

And wherever it is seen, it carries its blessing 
with it. Others with their own private burdens 
and anxieties are encouraged to hold on to that 
hope and cheerfulness which are just the homely 
side of our faith in God and in the righteousness 
of our cause. 

The cult of the washen face is contagious. It 
spreads like a beneficent stain. And since it is 
entirely praiseworthy, we can but wish it to 
spread more and more. Those who come out 
from the chambers where they have kept company 
with sorrow or anxiety, to face life and duty with 
shining face and mastered feelings, are not only 
proving their faith in the Divine Strength, they 
are making a precious contribution to the moral 
stedfastness of the nation. 

" And he washed his face and went out and 
refrained himself." Good man ! 

PRAYER 

We bless Thee, God, for the assurance that 
Thine ear is ever open to our cry, that it is never 
wrong to take our sorrows and our cares to Thee. 
But help us also, endowed with Thy strength in 
our secret chambers, to bear our burdens bravely 
in the sight of men. For Thy Name s sake. 
Amen. 



" But few things are needful, 
or one." R. V. (margin). 

(LUKE X. 42.) 

VIII 
THE REAL MARTHA 

WHEN Jesus said, upon one occasion, that He 

;had not where to lay His head, He was speaking 
the bitter and literal truth. He had really no 
home of His own, but was everywhere a wanderer, 
dependent on others for shelter and food ; and 
though the New Testament draws a veil over all 
the hardships which that entailed even in the 
hospitable East, imagination can picture some 
thing at least of what the homelessness of Jesus 
must have meant. 

But He had close and warm friends who made 
it up to Him as far as friends could, and of these 
were the two sisters, Martha and Mary, who with 
I their brother, Lazarus, had a house in Bethany. 
This place was His haven and shelter, for 
" Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus." 
The sisters were unlike in disposition. Mary, we 
can imagine, was dreamy, meditative, perhaps a 
little delicate and fragile, and gifted with a 
quick and loving sympathy. Martha was robust, 
practical, energetic. Her way of showing the 

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The Real Martha 55 

Master that she considered it an honour to have 
Him for a guest was to give Him the very best 
that her housewifely skill could suggest. No 
trouble was too much for her. And it is very 
possible that one of the charms which this home 
had for Jesus one of the qualities which made 
it a real place of rest was its well-ordered arrange 
ments, the quiet, efficient, capable way in which 
things were done. And whose was the credit for 
that ? Martha s. 

What would that household have been like 
without Martha ? And what would any home that 
is fortunate enough to have a Martha in it, 
be like without her ? The truth is our debt to 
the Marthas is one which we have never fully 
acknowledged. You would imagine, hearing the 
way in which her name is sometimes used, that it 
has an apologetic character, as if the making of a 
home comfortable and homelike were a gift to be 
lightly esteemed in comparison, for example, with 
the ability to write verse ! It is foolish to play 
Mary of against her sister in this way. Martha 
did what she could do best, and showed her love 
for Christ in that fashion, and you may be quite 
sure that He understood. Mary served Him in 
her way, by giving Him what He needed more at 
times than food a heart to listen to His message, 
and a sympathy which made the telling of it 



5<3 The Real Martha 

meat and drink to Him. Each sister was the 
complement of the other. 

rBut we wrong Martha, of course, in thinking 
of her as always in the kitchen. Certainly when 
there was a meal to be prepared you would find 
her there, and well that was for the household 
and the servants. But nobody is always eating 
or thinking about eating ; and often of an evening, 
doubtless, when the labours of the day were over, 
Martha would join her sister at the feet of the 
Master whom she loved as much as Mary did. 

The incident which has given rise to the popular 
misconception of Martha s character occurred dur 
ing a visit which Jesus paid in the days before 
Lazarus fell sick. Something went wrong in 
Martha s department that day. Perhaps it was 
a mistake of a servant that irritated the usually 
self-controlled Martha, or maybe some oversight 
of her own. At anyrate, it set up a condition of 
worry which straightway began to add to itself, 
as its habit is, seven other devils. And as Martha 
went out and in the dining chamber getting 
things ready, the sight of Mary sitting there at 
the Master s feet doing nothing, struck her, per 
haps for the first time, as rather out of place. 
Things began to go further wrong. Just when 
Martha wanted to do special honour to Jesus, the 
ordinarily smooth-running wheels of that home 



The Real Martha 57 

began to creak and grind. Each time she entered 
the room where Christ and Mary were, Martha s 
steps grew brisker and more emphatic ; and then 
the last straw was laid on, and the outburst came ! 
Martha asked Jesus if He really did not care that 
Mary was leaving her to do everything. Bid her 
come and help me, she said. 

Of course, Jesus knew that it was for His sake 
that Martha was giving herself all this trouble. 
He saw, as even we can see, that this kind-hearted, 
worried woman was speaking crossly, as the very 
best will do at times, because she was tired and 
a bit overdriven. And with a perfect and gentle 
chivalry and tact He made His reply. As the 
Authorised Version puts it, it jars on one, some 
how. But King James translators have mis 
read their text. What Jesus said was : " Martha, 
Martha, you are unduly anxious and troubled. 
Only a few things are necessary, or even one. 
Mary has chosen a good part, and I cannot allow 
you to take it from her." 

Martha, remember, was making a feast worthy 
of the Master, and Jesus, looking upon the various 
dishes being got ready, said, in effect, I do not 
really need so many as that. One would do 
quite well. And I must not let you think that 
Mary is doing nothing. She, too, is ministering 
to me by her sympathy and her willing ear, and 



58 The Real Martha 

you must not take away the good part she has 
chosen. 

Jesus was not speaking about the personal 
salvation of either Mary or her sister. He was 
only dealing gently with a good and true friend 
of His who had not served Him as she had wished 
to do. When He spoke of what was needful, He 
meant needful for Himself, the Guest whom both 
the sisters were seeking to honour. 

He made no comparison between Martha s 
service and Mary s. He did not say, as we have 
read it so often, that Mary had chosen the better 
part. He said, in her defence, that Mary s was 
also a good part. He is not blaming Martha, 
but only expostulating with her in the gentlest 
fashion, and defending Mary from the charge 
which Martha in her heat had made against her, 
the charge of being useless, and doing nothing to 
help to entertain the Master. Jesus said, She is 
helping to entertain Me in her own way, and, He 
added, it is a good way. 

When Jesus having said that only a few things 
were necessary, dropped His voice, as we may 
imagine, and added "or indeed one," He may 
have meant more than He seemed to say. For 
there was one thing that was more than meat 
to our Lord, and that was to find a soul with 
heart and sympathy open to His message. And 



The Real Martha 59 

it may be that He felt, as He said the words, 
that Mary s ministry met a need of His 
deeper than that for which Martha was 
catering. At anyrate, the oldest and best 
versions of this Gospel give Christ s words as 
we have rendered them, and they stand here, 
not to be used as a peg on which to hang 
doctrines, but rather as a proof of the gentle 
courtesy of our Lord, of His insight into character 
and motive, and of His gracious recognition of 
the worth of any and every kind of service that 
has love at its heart. 

Martha went back to her kitchen, and Mary 
remained where she was. Mary was not asked 
to go and help. Martha would hav3 protested 
if she had come. Martha was not called upon 
to go and sit beside Mary. Each continued the 
service for which she was best fitted. But each, 
I think, had learned something that day. And 
you and I must not leave this page of our New 
Testament till we have learned it too that we 
serve best when we do gladly that for which we 
are best qualified ; that it belongs to our Christian 
service to recognise in all loyalty that, though 
others find different ways of expressing it, 
theirs is a good part ; and that we must 
never either belittle it or seek to take it from 
them. 



60 The Real Martha 

PRAYER 

O Lord our God, Who by many diverse ways 
dost bring us near to Thee, and in differing modes 
and stations dost appoint our service, help us 
gladly and gratefully to do the things we can do, 
neither envying those whose opportunities are 
greater, nor forbidding those who follow not us. 
For Thy Name s sake. Amen. 



" He giveth (to) His beloved 
(in their) sleep." 

(PSALM CXXvii. 2.) 

IX 
OUR UNEARNED INCREMENT 

"!T is vain for you," says the writer of the 
1 2 7th Psalm, " to rise early and sit up late and 
eat the bread of sorrow, for so He giveth to His 
beloved (in their) sleep." That is the true reading, 
and I want you to think about it. " God giveth 
to His beloved while they sleep." Over and 
above what you have yourself achieved, you GET 
something you have never worked for. And you 
get that, as it were, in your sleep. This is a 
beautiful thought, and there are three people 
to whom I want to offer it as God s comfort. 

The first is the worried man. It is indeed 
directly against worry that this psalmist sets forth 
his reminder. It is not that he minimises the 
need for hard work and watchful care. But he 
tells the man who is feverishly burning his candle 
at both ends, and consuming himself in a frenzy 
of tense anxiety, to leave something for God to 
do. It is as if he said, " Why so hot, little man, 
why so fiercely clutching all the ropes ? Re 
member that God is working too as well as you, 

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working in your interest and in love for you. 
When you have done your best therefore, go to 
your bed and sleep with a quiet mind, for God 
giveth to His beloved even so." 

One can imagine how a word like that would 
relax the tension and lead some persuadable 
Hebrew who heard it to say, " Ah, well, I worry 
far too much. After all, I am not Providence. 
I am always getting a great many things I have 
not wrought for. I shall worry less about securing 
the good things I desire for me and mine, and 
trust more to God to give them as He sees fit." If 
all of us who needed this reminder just had the 
sense to come to the same conclusion ! 

I have seen a man compass his family with so 
many careful regulations and observances that 
the criticism of a candid friend seemed entirely 
just. " You would think," he said, " to see so- 
and-so shepherding his family, that there was 
no other providence than his own." You can t 
be with your best beloved all the while. And you 
ought to know that God too is watching even 
while you sleep. 

If there be some plan on which you have 
set your heart, and you are over-anxious about 
it, quote this text to yourself. Do your best, of 
course, but, having done so, leave the outcome 
with God. About a great many of the things 



Our Unearned Increment 63 

over which we worry ourselves needlessly, I I 
believe God s word to us is : Leave these things ( 
to Me. You can t work for them. And anxiety 
won t bring them. But you will get them, as 
you need them, just as if they came to you in 
your sleep. 

Said one hermit to another in the Egyptian 
desert, as he looked at a flourishing olive tree near 
his cave, " How came that goodly tree there, 
brother ? For I too planted an olive, and when 
I thought it wanted water, I asked God to give 
it rain and the rain came, and when I thought it 
wanted sun I asked God and the sun shone, and 
when I deemed it needed strengthening, I prayed 
and the frost came God gave me all I demanded 
for my tree, as I saw fit, and yet it died." " And ^ 
I, brother," replied the other hermit, " I left my 
tree in God s hands, for He knew what it wanted 
better than I, and behold what a goodly tree it 
has become." 

The second man to whom I would offer the 
comfort of this word of God is the man who 
is disappointed. Things have gone wrong with 
him. The plan on which he spent so much of 
his time and energy has miscarried, and a very 
different result has emerged from what he counted 
on. His way, as he saw it, is blocked, and he 
has had to turn aside. 



64 Our Unearned Increment 

Now, there are not many things one can say 
usefully to a disappointed man. And it is cruel 
kindness to try to heal his hurt lightly. Never 
theless, to him also the psalmist s message applies, 
and what he needs to remember, that he may pick 
up heart and go on again, is that God giveth to 
His beloved while they sleep. 

We have all had disappointments, sore enough 
at the time, which after-experience proved to 
have been blessings in disguise. Many a man 
can point to a signal failure as the beginning of 
a true success or usefulness or happiness. We did 
not feel as if we were being enriched when our 
plan fell through, and we were bitter and rebellious 
enough at the time, it may be, but it is quite 
clear to us now that God was at that very time 
giving to us with both His hands. 

No one, of course, can see that about any more 
than a few of his disappointments. It would be 
false to experience to speak as if we could But 
what is manifestly true about one or two may 
conceivably hold with regard to them all, if we 
knew more, or could see better. And the Christian 
Gospel calls us to believe and trust that that is so. 
There is another Hand than ours shaping our life, 
a wiser Hand. Better things are being done for 
us than we can see in the meantime. And the 
man whose hopes and plans have turned out 



Our Unearned Increment 65 

amiss, but whose trust is still in God, is invited 
by our psalmist to reason with himself thus : 
" I am like a man asleep, and I do not rightly 
understand at present, but I will trust that it is 
not for nothing that misfortune has come, and 
when I wake I shall hope to see that God has 
been giving to me in love and mercy when I was 
not aware of it at all." 

The third man whom this text will help and 
comfort is the worker, the man or woman who 
is trying to do something for Christ s sake. The 
Christian worker needs to be told that what he 
is trying to do is not nearly all that he is doing. 
What he is, is speaking as loudly as what he does 
or says. There is an aroma and fragrance about 
the life of the consecrated Christ-like man or 
woman which sweetens and sanctifies other lives 
beyond what he or she can ever know. Some of 
the best sermons in the world have been preached 
by people who least suspected what they were 
doing. The invalid in the home does not know 
how real religion becomes to all who watch 
her patience and unselfishness. And among the 
busy and vigorous we often catch hints and 
reflections, that they never suspect, of what 
Christ-likeness means. The man who has sur 
rendered his life to God, indeed, is a channel of 
blessing to others beyond all he ever dreams of. 
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66 Our Unearned Increment 

He must not be disheartened when he realises 
how little he is doing, for the truth is he is doing 
far, far more than he knows. Wherefore, my 
brother, be of good cheer, and render your service 
to Christ with a quiet heart. Lay your course, 
and work your ship, and hoist your sail and trust. 
And the gifts of God will enrich you, and the 
winds of heaven will bring you on your way, 
even while you sleep. 

PRAYER 

We give Thee thanks, O God, for all Thy 
bounties, undeserved and unearned; for the in 
crease Thou dost send us while the stars are 
shining ; for Thy gracious thirty-fold and sixty- 
fold beyond what we have sown. Every morning 
Thou leavest gifts upon our doorstep and dost 
depart unthanked. But this day we remember, 
and we bow our heads to render unto Thee our 
humble and our hearty thanks for all that Thou 
hast given us while we slept. Amen. 



" The smoking flax he shall 
not quench." 

(ISAIAH xlii. 3.) 

X 

SMOKING WICKS 

WE read the 42nd chapter of Isaiah now as 
if it were a part of the Christian Evangel. And 
that is right. For whoever the Servant may 
have been, of whom Isaiah was thinking, it is 
Christ and only Christ who completely fulfils this 
prophecy. This is a true description of His 
spirit and His method. " The dimly-burning 
wick he shall not quench." 

The figure is easily understood. Here is a 
piece of flax floating in oil, and burning so faintly 
that it seems a mere charred end from which the 
smoke coils thinly upwards. Some one comes 
and snuffs it out, because it smells. That is the 
way of the world s reformers, as Isaiah saw it, 
and we can see it still. By and by they will trim 
the wick and light it with fire of their own, but 
first they will quench the spark. But there is 
One to come, said Isaiah, shooting his arrow of 
prophecy in the air, who will go otherwise about 
it. He will not despise the spark because it is 
so feeble. He will tend it and foster it, and make 

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68 Smoking Wicks 

the evil-smelling bundle of flax into a clear, 
shining light. And the saying has found its 
mark in Jesus Christ. 

When a woman that was a sinner made her 
way into the house where He sat at meat, and 
wept at His feet, He amazed all those present 
by the extraordinary gentleness of His dealing 
with her. He did not refer to the evil in her life. 
He did not, as other good men would have done, 
first cast her down, that He might afterwards 
lift her up. He simply took the beautiful impulse 
after good which she brought Him out of a life 
besmirched and tawdry, held it in His hands 
a mere spark of virtue and breathing on it, 
blessed it, and behold it was a flame, burning up 
the evil in her life, a lamp lighting her path along 
a new and hopeful way. That was Christ. He 
does not, He will not quench the dimly-burning 
wick. 

Now and this is our point if those who 
profess and call themselves Christians are to 
have the spirit in them that was also in Christ 
Jesus, must not this be their mark too ? Does 
not this prescribe their attitude to life, that 
many-coloured, strangely-mixed compound of 
good and evil ? Good in any form, however 
feeble, however mixed, as in this world it inevit 
ably is, with what is evil, should find in those 



Smoking Wicks 69 

who call themselves ^by Christ s name, its truest 
supporters, sympathisers, friends. 

To the eye and heart in sympathy with it, 
beauty often peeps out in strange places. 

" The poem hangs on the berry bush, 
When comes the poet s eye, 
And the whole street is a masquerade 
When Shakespeare passes by." 

So the mark of the Christ- like heart is just that 
it discerns, and, discerning, loves the feeblest 
tokens of some inward grace that redeems a life 
from evil. Do not be afraid that by welcoming 
the scant good, you may be held to approve of 
the greater evil. That is a risk that God Himself 
rejoices to take. Did not Christ risk that, when 
He accepted that poor woman s worship ? Did 
He not risk it when He held out His hands to a 
man like Zaccheus ? Does He not risk it always 
when He declares, " Him that cometh unto Me I 
will in no wise cast out ? " And shall we refuse 
because the risk is too great ? 

Life presents us with many anomalies that 
refuse to square with our theories. You find 
men exhibiting qualities of character, which any 
Christian might be proud to emulate, outside 
of the Church altogether. And you cannot 
simply label these " glittering vices," and pass 
on. God is not two but One, and goodness is His 



70 Smoking Wicks 

token wherever it be found. " The World," says 
John Owen, " cannot yet afford to do without the 
good acts even of its bad men." And the truth 
for us to learn is that the grace of God is not 
bound by our standards or limits. Make the 
circle as wide as you like, you will still discover 
fruits of the Spirit outside, where by all our 
canons they were never to be expected. 

" And every virtue we possess, 

And every victory won, 
And every thought of holiness 
Are His alone." 

It is for something more than tolerance I am 
pleading. For that may be a weak and a wrong 
thing, if it spring not from belief in the good. 
What, our calling demands is something more, the 
rejoicing, hopeful recognition of the good deed 
or purpose anywhere, and the offer of a sympathy 
and a faith in which it can grow. That gift of 
yours may actually be the decisive factor in a 
life balancing perilously betwixt good and evil. 
Three times, the other evening, I tried to light 
my study fire, and each time it went out. The 
paper burned, but the sticks apparently would 
not light. At last in despair I flung in a burning 
match and went away and when I returned I 
found a cheerful blaze : the brief glimmer of 
that last match had been the determining factor. 



Smoking Wicks 7 1 

You will smile perhaps at the illustration, but 
you will remember, all the better, that where the 
flax is even smouldering, there the angels are 
still fighting for a soul. And you will, maybe, 
remember also that even your warm sympathy 
may turn the scale, and fan the flicker to a flame. 

PRAYER 

O Lord our God, God and Father of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, we pray that the mind that was in 
Him may more and more be found in us. Help 
us to offer to what is good anywhere a sympathy 
in which it may grow and increase. Grant us 
a helpful faith in the struggling good in every 
man, even as Thou, our Father, dost call us sons 
while as yet we are but prodigals, afar off. For 
Jesus sake. Amen. 



" Let not then your good be 
evil spoken of." 

(ROMANS xiv. 16.) 

XI 
CULPABLE GOODNESS 

IN his letter to the Christians at Rome, the 
Apostle Paul counsels them not to let their 
"good be evil spoken of." And at first we ask 
ourselves if this is a possible thing. Can you 
have good that is evil spoken of ? Since this is 
a matter that ought to concern us all, I want to 
suggest one or two ways in which this very result 
may be brought about, that those of us who are 
trying to follow an ideal of goodness may be on 
our guard. 

First, we can very readily have what is good in 
us evil spoken of because of our CENSORIOUSNESS. 
When men come upon some fruit that grows 
upon a goodly-looking tree, or one at least that 
has a trustworthy label attached to it, and find 
it sour or bitter to the taste, they are apt to be 
particularly resentful. And it is with precisely 
such indignation that they observe men and 
women who profess themselves followers of 
Christ exhibiting a censorious and critical spirit. 
Where ought you to find the broadest charity, 

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the kindliest judgment, the most Christ-like for 
bearance and restraint ? Among Christians, of 
course. And yet alas ! alas ! 

Just keep your ears open with this end in 
view for a week, and you will be surprised at the 
appallingly hard judgments that come tripping 
daintily from the lips of some of those you know 
best. And if that line of investigation be not 
very handy, just watch yourself for the same 
time, and you will learn what a rare thing 
Christian charity is. 

We talk a lot about it, but in real life we " for 
bid " men very readily " because they follow 
not us/ we belittle things which we do not under 
stand, we speak rashly about people whom we do 
not know, and we are ready, without the least 
consideration, with our label for the movement 
or the man, who happens to be brought to our 
notice. 

Ah, if we could only see how far astray we often 
are, what a libel our label is, and how unChrist- 
like many of our speeches appear ! We don t 
know enough of the inner life of any man to entitle 
us to pass judgment upon him. A critical spirit 
never commends its possessor to the affection or 
the good- will of men. Besides, it blinds him to 
much that is really beautiful, and cuts him off 
from many sources of happiness. You will see 



74 Culpable Goodness 

evil in almost anything if you look for it, but that 
is not a gift that makes either for helpfulness 
or popular esteem. " I do not call that by the 
name of religion," says Robert Louis Stevenson, 
" which fills a man with bile," and, on the 
whole, the ordinary man is of the same mind 
with him. 

" Judge not ; the workings of his brain 
And of his heart thou canst not see. 
What looks, to thy dim eyes, a stain, 
In God s pure light may only be 
A scar brought from some well-won field, 
Where thou wouldst only faint and yield." 

Sometimes one must, in the interests of true 
religion, pass judgment, but these times are not 
so frequent as we suppose. And if there are occa 
sions more than others when the disciple needs 
an overflowing measure of Christ s spirit, it is 
when it is his clear duty to diagnose, disapprove, 
and condemn. 

Secondly, we may have our good evil spoken 
of by our EXTREMENESS. I should be very chary 
of saying that there is such a thing as being 
righteous overmuch, but for two reasons. The 
first is that there is an injunction in Scripture 
against it. And the second is that I have met 
people, of whom, in all charity, it was true ! 
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Culpable Goodness 75 

is being a " crank." Now, nobody loves a crank. 
The extremist always does his own cause harm. 
Carefulness about one s food is a good thing, but 
to take an analytical chemist s outfit to table 
with us is simply to ask for the contempt of all 
sensible people. 

Paul s advice to the Philippians was, " Let 
your moderation be known to all men." And 
Paul was himself a splendid example of the 
true moderation as distinguished from that which 
is merely indolent and uninterested. Earnest, 
enthusiastic, loyal, there was yet about him a 
big and healthy sanity, a sweet reasonableness, 
and what the extremist always lacks an en 
gaging tact. In other words, Paul was a Christian 
gentleman, and if you want to know what that 
means, read his letter to Philemon about Onesimus 
the runaway slave. There are blunt words with 
which a man can be felled as effectually as with 
the " grievous crab-tree cudgel " of which Bunyan 
speaks. Paul did not consider it any special 
virtue to employ such words. His Christian zeal 
did not lead him to make a statement in a way 
that would irritate and rasp a man s soul. There 
is a certain extreme candour affected by some 
Christian people, who pride themselves on always 
calling a spade a spade. But if it hurts my friend 
to hear me say " spade " I know of no law of 



76 Culpable Goodness 

God that compels me to name the implement 
at all ! 

And then, lastly, we can have our goodness 
" evil spoken of " because it is so COLD. It some 
times seems as if, in our day, warmth of manner 
had gone out of fashion. Ian Maclaren once 
said of our generation that it will " smile feebly 
when wished a happy New Year as if apologising 
for a lapse into barbarism." But I don t think 
any sensible person, not blinded by an absurd 
convention, cares for that type of rarified de 
meanour. No one likes to get a hand to shake 
which feels like a dead fish ! 

In one of his books, Dr Dale of Birmingham 
criticised that line in Keble s hymn which speaks 
about the trivial round and the common task 
giving us " room to deny ourselves/ " No 
doubt," he says, " but I should be very sorry 
for the people I live with to discharge their 
home duties in the spirit of martyrs. God 
preserve us all from wives, husbands, children, 
brothers, and sisters who go about the house 
with an air of celestial resignation." Ah, no, 
that s not the goodness, either at home or on 
the street, which wins men. It is not beautiful 
because it is too cold. The religion of Jesus is 
something much more than duty-doing. Thou 
shalt love the Lord thy GOD WITH ALL THY HEART. 



Culpable Goodness 77 

Whosoever compels thee to go a mile, GO WITH 
HIM TWAIN. Whatsoever ye do, do it HEARTILY 

AS UNTO THE LORD. 

PRAYER 

From all unkind thoughts and uncharitable 
judgments ; from all intemperate speech and 
behaviour ; from coldness of heart and a frigid 
service, Good Lord, deliver us. For Thy Name s 
sake. Amen. 



" God loveth a cheerful giver." 
(2 CORINTHIANS ix. 7.) 

XII 
A KHAKI VIRTUE 

WE are proud to believe that, in the article of 
courage, our men are second to none in the world. 
They have glorious traditions to live up to, and 
they are adding to these pages nay, a whole 
volume, as splendid as any in our annals. Yet 
it is not of our soldiers courage I wish to speak. 

For we are told on all hands that there is 
another quality shining brighter still these days 
in the trenches in France and Belgium, in 
ambulance waggons and field hospitals, and in 
the camps at home, namely, cheerfulness. Again 
and again the same tale is repeated from one 
quarter or another " our men are simply wonder 
ful," " they treat discomfort as a joke." They 
label the very instruments that deal death among 
them with names that raise a smile. Nurses, 
doctors, and correspondents tell us that the 
light-hearted way in which our soldiers face 
pain and suffering and force twisted lips to smile 
has created a new record for the British Army. 
When the story of this war is written, and the 

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world gets a nearer glimpse into those awful 
trenches, I venture to prophesy that the quality 
in our countrymen which will most capture the 
imagination and fill us with the greatest pride 
will be the gay, undaunted cheerfulness with 
which they faced it all. 

Surely we who stay at home may learn some 
thing of that virtue too. For it is worth learning. 
Ordinary people who only know what they like, 
without knowing why they like it, have a very 
warm side towards the person who, when things 
are grey and gloomy, can keep cheerful. They 
would much rather see him come in on a dull day 
than a wiser man whose wisdom was a burden to 
him, or even than a pious person whose piety 
ran to solemnity and gloom. It is high time, 
indeed, that the tradition was broken for good 
and all which associates moral excellence with a 
funereal heaviness of manner and denies the favour 
of the Lord to one who, as Goldsmith has it, 
" carols as he goes." 

For the blessing of God is written visibly upon 
the results of cheerfulness wherever you find it. 
God rewards the gallant souls who keep their 
colours flying through every battle, even though 
they have to nail them up over a sorely damaged 
ship. If you want a proof that the hopeful and 
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80 A Khaki Virtue 

its aches and disappointments is more in the line 
of what God expects from His children than the 
doleful whining temper, you have it shown un 
mistakably in the fact that the gallant unconquer 
able soul solves problems, overcomes difficulties, 
endures pains, and wins successes where the 
solemn and easily depressed would simply have 
given in and lain down. You can safely prophesy 
that the man whom you hear singing as he goes 
through the valley, like the pilgrim that Bunyan s 
Christian heard, is going to get out of it safely 
and honourably in the end. The Lord Himself 
will deliver him, as He delights to deliver all those 
who face life smiling and unafraid, and meet His 
Fatherly discipline with a stout heart. 

Cheerf illness, in other words, pays for oneself. 
But it is also a great blessing to others. One 
very safe and sure way to help our fellows up 
their hills is to breast our own as bravely and 
gaily as we can. And the cheerfulness which 
heals and blesses like the breath of morning is 
that which shows up against a background of 
cloud and trouble. Let us all in this year of war 
and clean courage, register a vow that we shall 
take a leaf out of our soldiers book, and think 
less about our own troubles, teach our lips to 
smile when things are wrong, and keep our eyes 
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A Khaki Virtue Si 

our friends. It s a simple way of doing good, 
but a very effective one. For cheerfulness, like 
mercy, is twice blessed. It blesseth him that 
has, and him that sees ! 

" It was only a glad Good Morning 

As she passed along the way, 
But it spread the morning s glory 
Over the livelong day." 

But cheerfulness needs its explanation. It 
implies something. A man is not cheerful with 
out some underlying philosophy of life to sustain 
him, some pillar of faith or hope at his back. 
When a man faces life dauntless and smiling, he 
does so because some inward and, it may even be, 
unconscious faith or hope thus finds its expression. 
What that faith is, different men will describe 
in different ways. 

But however much the descriptions vary, it 
all comes back to this in the end, that the man 
who is living bravely and cheerfully is expressing 
by his conduct at any rate his faith in the Father 
hood and good Providence of God. He knows 
that " God s in His Heaven " ; at any rate he 
believes so. He believes that things do not 
just fall out by chance, but that a Father Hand 
controls all, and a Father Heart cares even for 
the sparrow s unheeded fall. The God who rules 
all makes no mistakes. 
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82 A Khaki Virtue 

And is not that a cardinal part of the faith 
which Jesus brings near to all who are learning 
of Him ? There are various adjectives used to 
qualify the title Christian. One hears, for 
example, of " earnest Christians," and earnest 
ness is a very necessary quality, even though 
one does occasionally happen upon " earnest 
Christians " who are rather unlovable and irri 
tating people. But there s another adjective, 
not nearly so common and yet it denotes a 
quality just as essential in those who have taken 
Christ s gospel of God s Love and Fatherhood 
to their hearts namely, cheerful. A " cheerful 
Christian." Let us all try to be that kind of 
Christian at least. 

PRAYER 

The day returns and brings us the petty 
round of irritating concerns and duties. Help 
us to play the man, help us to perform them with 
laughter and kind faces, let cheerfulness abound 
with industry. Give us to go blithely on our 
business all this day, bring us to our resting beds 
weary and content and undishonoured, and grant 
us in the end the gift of sleep. Amen." 

R. L. STEVENSON. 



" Jevemiah dwelt among the 
people that were left in the 
land." 

(JEREMIAH xl. 6.) 

XIII 
THE OVERCOMING OF PANIC 

ONCE upon a time Jeremiah the prophet had 
asked for only one thing, that he might get away 
from that strange cityful of perverse men to 
whom it was his hard lot to be the mouthpiece 
of a God they were forgetting. He was tired of 
them. " O that I had in the wilderness a lodging 
place of wayfaring men that I might leave my 
people and go from them." 

Well, time passed on. The people got no wiser, 
and Jeremiah s burden certainly got no lighter. 
But the very chance he prayed for came. He 
had a clear and honourable opportunity to go 
to the lodge in the wilderness, or anywhere else 
he liked, away from the men who had disowned 
his teaching. His work was done apparently, 
and he had failed. Yet with the door standing 
invitingly open, see what Jeremiah did ! He 
" went and dwelt among the people that were 
left in the land." He had his chance and he did 
not take it ! 

We all know something of this desire to get 



84 The Overcoming of Panic 

rid of a present hard duty, or a difficult environ 
ment, or a perplexing problem. And yet I 
wonder, if the way were similarly opened up for 
us, how many would seize the opportunity ? 
I believe that the feature of such a situation 
would just be the large number of us who, when 
it came to the pinch, would choose as Jeremiah 
did, to remain where we are ! Something would 
hold us back. 

Yet the desire itself is natural enough, and a 
man need neither be a coward nor a weakling 
who confesses to it. The hours when the daily 
round seems altogether flat and unprofitable, 
and when one would gladly change places with 
almost anybody, are real hours in life, and it is 
no shame to have known them. But between 
that knowledge and the actual escape, the actual 
fleeing from one s post, there is a great gulf fixed 
that, for very many with any high ideal of duty, 
is impassable. For, though a man has known 
the state of mind that looks for some back door 
out of a depressing situation, he has had the 
other experience also, the joy of self-mastery, 
the keen sense of pleasure that comes to him 
when he discovers that his surroundings do not 
count for so much as he himself does. That 
experience, though it be only in memory, will 
stand between a man and retreat. He has 



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conquered before, and the thrill of victory over 
material discouragements may be his again. 
And so, though the way of escape be open, he 
will choose to remain and fight it out. 

Sometimes the mere weight of his responsibility 
may tempt a man to wish that he might escape. 
There is a fairly well-known symptom of nervous 
disease whose name signifies the fear of being 
shut in, when the patient dreads the experience 
of being in any closed place. Sometimes a moral 
panic of that kind comes to a man when he 
realises that he is shut in with some duty which 
must be gone through with. With something of 
the instinct of the trapped animal he may look 
round for a way of escape. 

Yet does that mean that he would take the 
chance deliberately, with eyes full open to the 
consequences, if it were offered ? I think not. 

You can apply the test to yourself. Have 
you ever accepted some responsibility, and then, 
when the occasion came nearer, backed out of 
it for no other reason than that you were afraid ? 
If you have, you will perhaps remember whether 
you felt proud of yourself, whether, beneath the 
undoubted relief, there was not a good deal of 
quiet shame and self -scorn. If the same thing 
were to happen again, you might feel the impulse 
to desert, but if you remembered your former 



86 The Overcoming of Panic 

experience, you would hardly yield to it, I 
imagine. 

The plain truth is that no proper man really 
likes a soft job. " In the long run," says J. A. 
Symonds, " we really love the sternest things in 
life best." And he speaks truth. There is a 
certain exhilaration in the endurance of hardness. 
Responsibility braces most men like a shock of 
cold water. What is arduous calls them as with 
a trumpet. And in the general sense of quiet 
contempt for the person who in a panic flings up 
his responsibility, we may recognise one of God s 
elementary checks upon cowardice. 

There are those who are reading these words 
who are enduring hardness and making sacrifices 
from which they might easily escape. They do 
at times desire relief. But the point is that they 
don t take it, when it is possible. And I say 
there must be some reason for this. What is it 
that holds men back from the easy way when it 
stands open before them ? 

For one thing, I think, the sense of the place 
that hardness and effort and endurance play in 
every true life. For centuries men have climbed 
up to strength of character, if at all, by ways 
uniformly arduous and steep ; and distrust of 
the primrose path, however alluring, has passed 
as an instinct into our blood. In the small 



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unheroic affairs of life we have learned that a 
difficulty faced and overcome, or a duty doggedly 
fulfilled, add a precious something to experience 
that there is no other way of securing. The 
schoolboy on a hot summer day may look up 
from his task, away out wistfully to the cool 
shade of the trees across the playground, and 
wish that he were there, rather than where he 
is. Yet even he knows, what we all come to 
learn, that that is not the road to anything in 
life worth the gaining. 

Another deterring impulse is the sense of a 
divine vocation. Our calling and circumstances 
are ordained for us by God, and we must not 
quit the field till the day is done. It is He who 
has chosen our lot in life and summoned us to 
the sphere we fill. 

We may succeed or fail as seems to Him best. 
Sometimes he places men, for reasons of His own, 
in corners where success, as commonly measured, 
is not possible. But one thing success or 
failure we must not do. We must not shirk. 
We must not run away. God means us to stand 
fast and do our best. For failure even, if it be 
honourable, He may have His good word at the 
last. But to the man who has shirked life s 
hard duties, not even God can say, " Well 
done ! " 



The Overcoming of Panic 

PRAYER 

Lord of our life, and God of our salvation, 
make us strong to endure hardness as good 
soldiers of Jesus Christ. Thou sendest no man 
a warfare upon his own charges. In dependence 
on Thy help, grant us grace to do each duty, as 
the hour and Thy will may bring it. And, with 
Thy fear in our hearts, grant us deliverance from 
all other fears whatever. For Thy Name s sake. 
Amen. 



Whatsoever ye do, do all 
to the glory of God." 

(i CORINTHIANS x. 31.) 

XIV 
THE DAY S DARG 

IT is never hard to connect the presence of our 
Lord and Master Jesus Christ with our Sabbaths 
and our hours of worship. If ever Christ comes 
near us in spirit at all, we say, it is when in the 
quiet of the sanctuary we reach out hands of 
prayer and desire to Him. The link between 
our worship and our Lord is strong and obvious. 
But, when the din of business shuts out all 
else, when the hard, toilsome duty of the ordinary 
day is to be done, when we are at work amid 
surroundings that have no suggestion of sacred- 
ness or of God about them what of the link with 
Christ then ? It is much harder then, is it not ? 
to imagine any thinkable and workable connection 
that our Lord has with that sphere of life, broad 
and extensive as it is. There are many indeed 
who forget that there is any, and live as if there 
were none. And yet the solemn truth is that if 
that link is not strong and real, we don t know 
what religion means. We have hardly the right 
to call ourselves Christian men and women unless 



90 The Day s Darg 

we can relate our week-day labours to the fact 
of Christ. 

So let us try to strengthen that link. Let us 
look at our daily work in the light of religion. 

First, let me remind you that our work is by 
divine commandment. It is not something that 
God allows us to do when we are not worshipping. 
It is His ordinance that we should all work at 
something. The business of life is labour of some 
sort. I do not know if we all realise how the 
Fourth Commandment begins " Six days shalt 
thou labour and do all thy work." And the man 
who is inexcusably idle, or who belittles his work, 
even in the interest, as he thinks, of religion, is 
breaking this commandment as truly as he who 
neglects the other half of it and dishonours the 
Sabbath day. 

No one will accuse the Apostle Paul of any 
indifference or lukewarmness where true religion 
was concerned. Yet it was this Apostle who 
ordered the Thessalonians to go on with their 
daily occupations even though they believed, as 
so many did at that time, that the Return of the 
Lord to earth was just at hand. By our daily 
work we serve the Lord as truly as when we 
gather to His worship. Let us get out of our 
heads, then, the false and foolish idea that all the 
working part of our week is the part at which God 



The Day s Darg 9 1 

looks askance. Man s chief end is to glorify 
God, and one of the ways of doing that is by 
being loyal to the duties of each hour whatever 
they may be. 

Secondly, I would ask you to think of those 
quiet, unrecorded years of our Lord s life on 
earth before His public ministry. The Gospels 
give no details, but the fact is perfectly certain 
that up till His thirtieth year Jesus of Nazareth 
worked at His trade as a carpenter. If only we 
would let that fact soak into us, it would alter 
our whole idea of the relation of our daily work 
to religion. Jesus worked Himself. 

And we have, as has been pointed out, 
interesting indirect proof as to what manner 
of life He lived on those workaday levels that 
we all know so much about. For, to this 
Carpenter of Nazareth there came a day when, 
in Nazareth itself, He stood forth as represen 
tative of a morality and religion higher than 
ever was proclaimed before. He spoke to men 
about the true way to live like one having 
authority. And there were many who so re 
sented what they deemed His presumption that 
anything that reflected on His claims or belittled 
His authority would gladly have been seized 
upon and made the most of. Had there been in 
Nazareth a bit of botched work of His doing, " a 



92 The Day s Darg 

door of unseasoned wood or a badly made chest," 
don t you think it would have been produced to 
discredit His mission ? If any one could have 
been found with whom the Carpenter had not 
dealt honourably and justly, if, as He walked the 
streets of His native town and lived His humble 
daily life in the sight of all men, there had been 
anything that weakened His claim to guide and 
teach His brethren, don t you think they would 
have found it out and taxed Him with it ? 

There was nothing of that. Jesus faced His 
fellows with His daily duty behind Him, and it 
reinforced every word He said. His message to 
men was backed up by His daily life. He spoke 
of religion as no other son of man ever did, but 
He lived it long before He ever opened His mouth. 
He brought religion down to the workshop and 
the street, and showed men what it meant there. 
And unless He had done that, it is difficult to 
conceive that His public ministry of itself would 
have satisfied men that He was indeed One sent 
from God. 

Do you see, then, from this point of view, what 
a great and vital part of religion our day s work 
is, and the way we do it, our life at home, our 
ordinary contact with our fellow- men ? It is 
that that gives weight to any profession we may 
make. If in our daily life we are not exhibiting 



The Day s Darg 93 

our religion, nothing that we can profess or say 
on Sunday will make up for that defect. It is 
what we are on Monday and Tuesday that under 
lines and emphasises the claims we make at church 
on the Sunday. Behind all our prayer and pro 
fession lies the everyday life. 

Third, our daily work is sanctified by the fact 
that our Lord and Master is with us, to help and 
strengthen us there, as truly as when we pray. 
Jesus Christ is not far away, as we so pitifully 
misconceive it, amid the dust of business, when 
we must keep our temper and follow conscience 
along the hard way and deal honourably with all 
men. He is near us there also, ready and willing 
to help us to be true to God and man on that 
road which once He trod Himself. 

There is a famous unwritten saying of Christ 
which puts memorably what the Gospels likewise 
testify. " Raise the stone and thou shalt find 
Me. Cleave the wood and there am I." Christ 
is as near us in our daily work as that ! When 
Peter and his friends went a- fishing, you remember, 
with heavy hearts because the Master had gone 
away from them, He met them by the lake as 
they plied their ordinary calling. So does He 
wait, my brother, to meet you and me wherever 
the duty of the hour may take us. For our 
working life is not outside of His interest nor 



94 The Day s Darg 

out with His care and guidance. With reverent 
imagination Van Dyke has seemed to hear the 
Christ speak thus and the words may perhaps 
further weld the link for some of us between our 
everyday duty and the Christ whom we worship 
and seek to serve : 

" They who tread the path of labour follow where My feet 
have trod ; 

They who work without complaining do the holy will of God. 

Where the many toil together, there am I among my own ; 

Where the tired workman sleepeth, there am I with Him 
alone. 

I, the peace that passeth knowledge, dwell amid the daily 
strife, 

I, the bread of heaven, am broken in the sacrament of life. 

Every task, however simple, sets the soul that does it free, 

Every deed of love and mercy done to man is done to Me. 

Nevermore thou needest seek Me ; I am with thee every 
where 

Raise the stone and thou shalt find Me, cleave the wood 
and I am there." 

PRAYER 

Our Lord and Master, whose command it is 
that we do with our whole heart whatsoever our 
hand findeth to do, grant that we may so yield 
and surrender ourselves, body, mind and spirit, 
unto Thee, that even in the common business of 
each ordinary day we may serve Thee and glorify 
Thy great Name. Amen. 



" Gashmu saith it." 

(NEHEMIAH vi. 6.) 

XV 
GASHMU THE GOSSIP 

GASHMU is a mere name in Scripture. He is 
mentioned only three times twice as acting 
with Sanballat against Nehemiah, and once as 
the authority for a false piece of news. It is 
reported, wrote Sanballat in a cruel letter to 
Nehemiah, that you are plotting against the 
king, and " Gashmu saith it." That is what 
Gashmu stands for in Scripture, a tale-bearer, 
a slanderer, a gossip. What an unenviable 
immortality to be remembered only as the 
pedlar of a tale he knew to be untrue ! 

As long as we live together in society, there 
will be a kind of gossip that is inevitable, the 
kindly or merely casual relation of small and 
insignificant matters of fact, as that the painters 
are in next door, or that Mrs So-and-So has got 
a new bonnet. It is not of that I want to speak. 

For there is another sort as deadly as the 
plague, and in civilised countries the cruellest 
and most devilish instrument that one man or 
woman can use against another. And that is 

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96 Gashmu the Gossip 

the inventing of an untrue report about a man s 
doings or character, or the unthinking repetition 
of the same. That is the pestilence that walketh 
in darkness ; that is the destruction that wasteth 
at noonday. And I wish I had the pen to write 
of it as it deserves. 

It is very, very common. We are all too ready 
to repeat what we have heard, with a " Gashmu 
saith it," as if that certified the tale correct. 
And the harm done is simply incalculable. If 
my house is burned or I lose my money, I can still 
get along by the kindness of my friends for a 
little, till I find my feet again. But whoever by 
some lying story takes away my character, deals 
me a blow from which there is no recovering, 
which my loyalest friends can do nothing to avert. 
I have no redress, no compensation, and no help. 
Any one may be a victim, and you and I, by 
thoughtlessly passing on the deadly thing, may 
all unconsciously be driving another nail into a 
man s coffin. 

Did you ever lie awake at night and think 
that even now the cancer may have begun on 
YOUR good name, that whispers may be going 
about among your friends concerning you ? 
Those who know you will hear it, and will say, 
It s a lie ! But that won t stop it. And you 
will never know till some day you waken up and 



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find that your reputation is in danger. And not 
one word or vestige of truth may be in it. It 
may be a lie pure and simple, or a colourable 
counterfeit of some quite innocent truth. That 
won t make any difference. It is enough merely 
to start it, and, like a stone thrown down an 
Alpine slope, it gathers others in its train, till an 
avalanche swoops down on some unsuspecting 
head. 

When King Arthur enrolled his Knights of 
the Round Table, he made them take the oath 
to " speak no slander." And there is a knightly 
chivalry of speech which ought to be the mark 
of all those who have promised fealty to Jesus 
Christ. Our discipleship of Jesus demands of us 
the high endeavour to love our neighbour as our 
selves, and that presupposes, as one of its conse 
quences, that we guard his name against false 
witness as carefully as we protect our own. If 
we hear a good story about some one, a report 
that is to his credit and honour, let us blazon 
that abroad. We are all far too slow at that, and 
somehow the tale that is a little damaging has 
a far easier and more rapid circulation. Might 
we not make more of our brother s successes ? 
Might we not oftener repeat about him what 
he is too modest ever to say about himself ? It 
were a true and kindly Christian act. But never, 
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98 Gashmu the Gossip 

as we call ourselves servants of Christ, never do 
our brother such a grievous irreparable wrong 
as to start about him a tale which may not be 
true. God can and will forgive you your sins of 
speech. But even He cannot make clean the 
character which a foolish word has sullied. 

King Arthur went further, however, than 
demanding that his knights should speak no 
slander. Their vow included the words, " no, 
nor listen to it." And that is a high and difficult 
course to keep. It is not easy, when you are 
being told of something that is striking or sensa 
tional of a merely gossipy character, to stop the 
conversation and lead it into other channels. 
It requires great courage and as great tact. But 
how many of us ever try it ? 

If, however, the refusal to listen be regarded 
as a counsel of perfection, there remains yet the 
further injunction never REPEAT the gossip you 
have heard. That at least is homely and 
possible. 

We used to read in our book of Fables of the 
lamb that noticed this significant thing about 
the track that led to the lion s den that all 
the footprints pointed inwards, but there were 
none returning. " Vestigia nulla retrorsum." No 
footprints backwards. It would be a good motto 
for us all. Let the stories, the ill-humoured, 



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unkind, uncharitable sayings that float and 
wander about everywhere, let them come to us 
as they will, but let the traces end there. Be 
such a person that men may trace a story from 
its source down the chain TO you, but never 
PAST you. 

We can do that much at least for our friends. 
All about us is the constant, unquiet drift of 
gossip and distorted half-truth, as restless as the 
sand in the desert, dancing and whirling with 
every puff of wind. We can do something to 
arrest that drift. We can be for our friends in 
some measure what Isaiah said that God s 
Servant, when He came, should be, the shadow 
of a great Rock in a weary land, stopping the 
drift of the sand, and sheltering our friends by 
our loyalty and our silence. 

Don t even repeat the gossip that comes to 
you, not only for the strong reason already 
given, but also for this little one, that you won t 
likely repeat it correctly. With all the will in 
the world, it is one of the hardest things to retail 
a story just exactly as you heard it. Sir Walter 
Scott, speaking about anecdotes that he had 
heard, said he always liked to cock up their 
bonnets a bit and put a staff in their hands that 
they might walk on a little brisker and sprightlier 
than when they came to him ! But we all do 



ioo Gashmu the Gossip 

that, without meaning to do it at all. We add 
a little bit. We exaggerate just the tiniest 
fraction, and our hearer when he repeats the 
story does the same, and so the matter grows till 
it is big enough to do much mischief. 

" A Whisper broke the air, 
A soft light tone and low, 
Yet barbed with shame and woe. 
Now, might it only perish there, 
Nor further go ! 

Ah me ! A quick and eager ear 

Caught up the little meaning sound ; 

Another voice has breathed it clear, 
And so it wandered round, 

From ear to lip, from lip to ear, 
Until it reached a gentle heart, 
And that it broke." 

There is a legend that once a king avoided death 
in a poisoned cup that had been handed to him 
by making over it the sign of the Cross when 
it broke in pieces at his feet. Let us, when we 
are tempted to retail the vivid, poisonous piece 
of scandal, stop and invoke the Spirit of Christ. 
Is this that I am going to say about my brother 
the kind of thing I should say if Christ were 
standing by ? Am I justified in turning over 
that bit of gossip which may be true, but which 
ought not to be true ? Our duty, who profess 
and call ourselves Christians, is clear. We are 
to speak no slander no, nor listen to it. We are 



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to retail evil about no man. We are to love one 
another. 

PRAYER 

O Lord our God, whose command it is that 
we love our neighbour as ourselves, help us to 
cherish and protect his good name as carefully 
as we guard our own. Make us more willing to 
repeat the good about him, but slower to retail 
or exaggerate the evil. Grant us all a deeper 
sense of the deadly wrong a foolish tongue can 
work, and keep Thou the door of our lips. For 
Thy Name s sake. Amen. 



" Thou preventest him with 
the blessings of goodness." 

(PSALM XXi. 3.) 

XVI 
GOD IN FRONT 

You know how, in a happy home, the near 
approach of a birthday is signalised, how parcels 
are mysteriously smuggled in and hidden in 
secret places, and, though everything seems to 
be going on as usual, yet the plans are being laid 
in train that will surprise and delight the fortunate 
owner of the birthday when the festal day dawns. 
That is our feeble, human way of trying to sur 
prise one another with the blessings of goodness. 
That is how we " prevent " our beloved with 
tokens of our remembrance. So, says the Psalmist, 
does God deal with us. Not only have we 
what we so much need His forgiveness of our 
past, and His help and presence for the day 
which now is ; He is working for us in the future 
too, sowing the days to come with blessings for 
us to pick up when the passage of time brings us 
to the places where He has hidden them. 

The idea that God has been beforehand in our 
history, getting ready, as it were, for our coming, 

though not a very usual one, is very helpful, and 
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it finds abundant illustration and proof in all 
directions. When a child arrives on this earth, 
he enters into the enjoyment of bounties and 
blessings prepared, not merely weeks, but literally 
ages before his coming. Warmth he needs, and 
aeons ago the coal beds were formed in the bowels 
of the earth. Food he needs, and God " laboured 
for ages," as Sir Oliver Lodge puts it, to bring 
corn into existence. For corn needs soil, and, to 
make that, the Creator had to set the glaciers 
grinding over the granite, and to loosen the forces 
of rain and frost and running water over great 
stretches of time. 

Every child born into the world becomes the 
heir of all the ages past. What blessings have 
been prepared for most of us, in advance, in the 
homes into which we were born, and the gracious 
influences under which we have grown up ! "I 
have to thank the gods," says Marcus Aurelius 
the pagan Emperor, " that my grandfathers, 
parents, sisters, preceptors, relations, friends and 
domestics were almost all of them persons of 
probity." " I have to thank the gods." Who 
else is there to thank but God who prevents us 
in this way with the blessings of goodness ? God 
is working beforehand in our interest in all these 
things. So, when we awaken to a sense of Him, 
there is His Church, established of old, awaiting 



104 God in Front 

to take us by the hand and help us on our way. 
When we learn our need of a Saviour, behold 
Christ stands at the door and knocks. When, in 
penitence of heart, we ask God s mercy, we learn 
that, long since, it was laid up in store for us. 
Before we thought of loving God, He first loved 
us, and gave Himself for us in Jesus Christ our 
Lord. Is it not gloriously true all the way along 
that God has been beforehand with His goodness ? 
And that, of course, is the explanation of all 
the glad surprises of life. The Lord has prepared 
them for us beforehand. He has sown the future 
with good things and watched our surprise as 
we picked them up. When Mary Mar don and 
her father, in Mark Rutherford s " Auto 
biography," went to the seaside to look for 
lodgings they saw a dismal row of very plain- 
looking houses. Mary objected instinctively to 
the dull street, but her father said he could not 
afford to pay for a sea view, so they went in to 
inquire. To their delight they found that what 
they thought were the fronts of the houses were 
really the backs, for the real fronts faced the bay, 
had pretty gardens before the doors, and a glorious 
sunny prospect over the ocean. Isn t that what 
we often find to be the case ? Our most treasured 
friends are not always those whom we fall in 
love with at first sight. The thing we greatly 



God in Front 105 

fear dissolves like mist. An envied, but despair ed- 
of, blessing is flung into our lap. A door of 
splendid hope opens in a dead wall. Life is full 
of the unexpected as if wonder were one of the 
things God wanted very much to keep alive in 
us. When, as you think, everything has been 
exhausted, God surprises you with a fresh gladness. 
And, aback of all, there is the unending surprise 
of God s patience with us, and of that daily mercy 
of His, which we so ill requite, and so often forget. 
Of course, no one dreams of suggesting that all 
our surprises are of a happy sort. It is not so. 
But the point is that if it is God who has hidden 
the blessings for us to come upon, it is He also 
who has hidden the other things. God s hand 
does not slip so that we get the wrong parcel by 
accident. He prevents us also with the blessings 
that we do not call by that name at all. In his 
Lay Sermons, Huxley, describing the tadpole in 
its slimy cradle, says : " After watching the 
process hour after hour, one is almost possessed 
by the notion that some more subtle aid to vision 
than an achromatic object-glass would show the 
hidden artist with his plan before him, striving 
with skilful manipulation to perfect his work." 
If, in that wonderful fashion, God is working 
beforehand according to a plan of His own, in 
the life of a tadpole, is it not much more likely 



106 God in Front 

that He is so working in your life and mine, not 
in its joys only, but also in its dark hours and its 
sorrows ? That, indeed, is the very messsage 
and comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ, that not 
even a sparrow falleth to the ground calamity 
indeed for the sparrow without our Father. 

If it be true that God our Father is working in 
advance of us all the time, then surely it is wrong 
to speak of the monotony of life ? For we are 
on a road which God Himself has sown with sur 
prises for us, and the hour of our deadliest weari 
ness may be the immediate percursor of our 
richest and most joyous find. Who could have 
supposed, at the end of the eighteenth century, 
when poetry in England seemed dead, that a 
great galaxy of stars Wordsworth, Coleridge, 
Byron, Shelley, Keats was on the very eve of 
rising ? The unexpected can always happen. 
You may come upon another of God s hidden 
blessings to-morrow. Let us not talk of monotony, 
therefore, in an age which has seen so many 
wonderful things happen. Rather let us hold to 
the faith that all the while God is going before 
us with the blessings of goodness. 

This faith puts another complexion on all our 
fears and forebodings. Before we live it, the 
web of our life passes through God s hands. And 
the shaded parts, as well as the bright parts, are 



God in Front 107 

in His wise and loving design. Nobody can 
promise us freedom from sorrow, but the Bible 
promises that God is beforehand to make the 
sorrow bearable. He has adjusted our tempta 
tions to our strength, and never a one has He 
hidden, where we come upon it, that it is im 
possible for us by His help to withstand. Before 
the mother puts her little child into his hot bath 
at night, she tests the water first with her fingers. 
And the Psalmist means us to believe that life 
comes to us from God, who has measured and 
adapted it for us, beforehand, in a like fashion. 

Viewed in the light of this faith, Death itself 
takes on a different aspect. Oliver Wendell 
Holmes has suggested that the story of this life 
and the next can be fully written in two strokes 
of the pen, an interrogation-point, and, above it, 
a mark of exclamation fear and question here 
below, and, above, adoration, wonder, surprise. 
" I go to prepare a place for you," said Christ to 
His disciples. If the preparation for us here is 
so wonderful, is it likely to fail yonder ? If Love 
made ready for us here, shall it not be beforehand 
there too ? Yea, verily. Our experience of how 
God prevents us here with His loving kindness 
ought to strengthen in us all the " faith of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, and the saint s trust in every 
age, that when we pass hence it will be to meet 



io8 God in Front 

the grandest, the most blessed, and the most 
surprising provision of all." 

PRAYER 

Our Father in Heaven, we shall not be afraid 
of what life may hold for us when we have learned 
that our little web has first passed through Thy 
merciful and loving hands. We have often prayed 
that Thou wouldest go with us ; but Thou hast 
answered us beyond our asking, for Thou goest 
before us all. In the faith of that leading, make 
us to journey bravely and to sleep secure. Amen. 



" Fight the good fight of 
faith." 

(i TIMOTHY vi. 12.) 

XVII 
" UNBELIEF KEPT QUIET " 

WE are often told that this is not an age of faith, 
that the day of the beautiful, old, simple acquies 
cence is past, whether it ever comes again or 
not. Some one has wittily suggested that the 
coat of arms of the present age is "an interroga 
tion-point rampant, above three bishops dormant, 
and the motto Query/ But, like a great many 
more witty things, that saying leaves one question 
ing whether, after all, it be really true. I venture, 
for my part, to assert that a great many more 
people are really interested in this matter of faith 
than most of us imagine. There is something 
that haunts men as with a sense of hidden treasure 
about this wonderful thing in life called Faith, 
that always seems to be going to disappear, and 
yet somehow does not. With a strange, wistful 
persistence men linger about this pool, though 
there are many to tell them that the " desired 
angel bathes no more/ 

I wish to speak a word of encouragement to-day 
to all who are finding faith hard. " Fight the 

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no " Unbelief kept Quiet " 

good fight of faith," says Paul to his young friend, 
Timothy. Fight. I want to remind you that 
faith often implies effort, that there is nothing in 
the idea of faith which is incompatible with 
struggle, that the very form of Paul s advice 
implies an antagonism. 

It is true that many think of the " faith of 
the saints " as a quiet, contented habit of gentle 
acquiescence, a sweet and beautiful state of mind 
very far removed from the restless, questioning, 
analytic temper of the man of to-day. Now, I 
do not say that faith is never seen now in that 
placid form, but I do say that that was not the 
type Paul had in mind when he wrote Timothy, it 
is not the figure which best described his own 
faith, and it is certainly not the aspect he would 
require to deal with, were he writing to the men 
of to-day. 

For they are only too conscious of much in 
ward suspense of judgment and uncertainty con 
cerning many things in Heaven and earth. And 
that inward conflict seems to many of them a sign 
that faith is waning, if not dead. They have 
forgotten that it is that very sense of inward 
conflict which proves that faith is not dead. 
Dead things do not offer any resistance. We 
ought by this time to have learned that a thing 
" may be for us an intellectual puzzle, and yet a 



" Unbelief kept Quiet " m 

sheer spiritual necessity," and that the Christian 
faith is, for every soul who has once caught it. 
There are a great many earnest and honest men 
to whom it is the best of news that Christian 
faith is not incompatible with very grave per 
plexities. The real opposite of faith is not doubt, 
as so many suppose, but deliberate and satisfied 
denial. Faith can live in the same life along 
with very many doubts as a matter of fact, in 
the case of not a few of the most Christ-like men 
of our time, it is living beside them constantly. 
Paul assures us that outside of him he found 
fightings and within him he found fears. Yet he 
kept the faith for all that. They start up on all 
sides, these spectres of the mind and reason, and 
they ask questions which a man cannot answer. 
Yet Faith may be dwelling in his life in very deed 
and truth, because faith is something more than 
the sum of all his beliefs. It is the whole con 
scious and deliberate set and desire of his being. 

It is a well-known fact that a man may be truly 
courageous, acting, speaking, thinking bravely at 
the very moment when panic fears are gripping 
his heart. I like that fine old story of the soldier 
advancing into the fire zone with steady step, 
and taunted by a comrade for his pale face. 
" You re afraid," said the other. " I know I am 
afraid," said he, " and if you felt half as much 



ii2 "Unbelief kept Quiet" 

afraid as I do, you would turn and flee." It is 
the very finest courage that dominates and 
controls a sensitive organisation, and holds the 
shrinking other- half to its purpose with firm grip. 
Just so is it with faith. A man keeps his course, 
lifts up his eyes to the hills, lives for God and His 
Christ, prays on, struggles on, and hopes for the 
home beyond the edge of life, while often enough 
his mind is full of questioning and the puzzle of 
God s deep mysteries. For faith is not what the 
intellect says merely. It is what the whole man 
is struggling and trying to say. 

" With me, faith means perpetual unbelief 
Kept quiet, like the snake neath Michael s foot, 
Who stands calm just because he feels it writhe." 

Don t do yourself the wrong of thinking that 
faith has vanished because the snake is felt to 
be writhing. " Perpetual unbelief kept quiet." 
Yes, but what keeps the clamouring doubts and 
fears under foot ? Just yourself, just your 
highest self, the bit of you made for God, and 
unable to do without Him ! Faith is the vote 
of the whole man, of the best of the man, in the 
face of a protesting minority. In other words, 
fight is a splendid word to use in speaking 
about faith. 

Let a man ask himself Does he really wish 



" Unbelief kept Quiet " 113 

that the best he has dreamed or heard about 
God and His love for men, His passion to deliver 
them from evil, and His pity and nearness to us 
all in Jesus Christ His Son does he wish all that 
to be true ? No man is without faith who does 
wish that, and is living in the direction of his 
desire. In that man s life who, despite all the 
clamour and philosophy of Babylon, is keeping 
his window open towards where he believes 
Jerusalem to be, there is that vital element of 
faith that is linking his life to God even now, and 
will bring him where he would be at last. 

I do not think that the prodigal was at all sure 
of the welcome that awaited him. Probably his 
mind, as he limped along in his rags, was full 
of misgivings and fears. But the father hailed 
him as his son whenever he saw afar off that the 
lad s face was set for home. I do not imagine 
our Father will concern Himself very much about 
the gaps in our creed if only our faces are turned 
homewards and towards Him. Let the man I 
have tried to speak to be of good courage, and 
fight on with a stout heart. Faith is not sight. 
It may not even be assurance, may be only hope 
and longing, and a reaching towards the Highest. 
But I firmly believe that no man, even though he 
may fall on the way home, and before he knows 
of his welcome, I believe that no man shall be 
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ii4 " Unbelief kept Quiet " 

cast out at the last, whose arms, as he fell, were 
outstretched in desire to God. 

PRAYER 

O Lord our God, Author and Finisher of our 
faith, help us with all our strength to fight the 
good fight. When our defence is being broken, 
do Thou garrison our souls, O God, that we may 
be able to stand in the evil day, and, having 
done all, to stand. Through Jesus Christ our 
Lord. Amen. 



" The joy of the Lord is 
your strength." 

(NEHEMIAH viii. 10.) 

XVIII 
THE EQUIPMENT OF JOY 

LET us talk about joy, and especially that kind 
of it of which Nehemiah was thinking when he 
said, " The joy of the Lord is your strength." It 
is strange that while practically everybody would 
agree as to the wholesomeness and the duty of 
joy in the ordinary sense of the term, to add the 
words " of the Lord " to it, seems, to some, com 
pletely to alter its character and in fact to spoil 
it, to turn it into an unreal sort of joy which is 
not true joy at all. 

I wish emphatically to protest against such a 
conception of religious joy as an injustice to the 
Father Love of Go . The joy of the Lord, as I 
understand it, is not different in quality from 
wholesome human gladness, it is, in fact, just that 
gladness deepened and sanctified by the sense of 
God, and the knowledge of Him brought to us 
by Jesus Christ our Lord. There is not a single 
innocent and pure source of gladness open to 
men and women on this earth but is made to 
taste sweeter when they have opened their hearts 

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to the love of God. It is the very crown of happy 
living that is reached when a man can say, " My 
Lord and my God/ Once I have dared to accept 
the wonderful truth that even for me the Eternal 
Father has His place and His plan and His care, 
every simplest happiness, every common joy of 
living, every delight in the beauty of the world 
and the pleasures of home and work and friendship 
every one of these takes on a keener edge. It 
is a pestilent heresy to declare that a Christian 
ought to walk through life like a man with a 
hidden sickness. On the contrary, there is no 
one who has a better right to be joyous and happy- 
hearted. Do you think it is for nothing that the 
" joy of our salvation " is a Bible phrase ? And 
shall we believe that that salvation is ours and 
not be mighty glad about it all the time ? What 
is the good of translating " Gospel " as " good 
news " and at the same time living as if religion 
were a bondage and a burden grievous to be 
borne ? Of all the strange twists of human con 
vention, it is surely the strangest to allow ordinary 
human joy to be happy and cheerful, and to 
insist that those whose joy is in the Lord should 
pull a long face, and forswear laughter, and 
crawl along dolefully as if to the sound of some 
dirge ! The " morning face and the morning 
heart " belong of right to the truly religious, 



The Equipment of Joy 117 

and no one ought to be gladder, come what may, 
than tLe man who has made the highest and best 
disposal of his little life that any one can make, 
namely, surrendered it in faith and obedience to 
his Lord. 

A gloomy, ponderous, stiff religion which looks 
askance at innocent merriment and is afraid to 
pull a long breath of enjoyment has the mark of 
" damaged goods " on it somehow, and no one 
will take it off your hands. It is not catching, 
and certainly your children will never catch it. 
It is said to be a good test of a religion that it 
can be preached at a street corner. But I know 
a better test than that. Preach it to a child. 
Set him in the midst of those who profess it. 
If their religion frightens him, freezes the smiles 
on his lips, and destroys his happiness, depend 
upon it, whatever sort of religion it be, it lacks 
the essential winsomeness of the religion of 
Jesus Christ. 

I need not say, of course, that I am not pleading 
for a more hilarious religious life. And, equally 
of course, empty frivolity, and the cult of the 
continual grin are insufferable things to endure 
either in the name of religion or anything else. 
Not by a single word would I lessen the condemna 
tion which such aberrations deserve. But I do 
say, and with all my heart I believe that a deep, 



n8 The Equipment of Joy 

abiding well-spring of happiness which our 
author calls the "joy of the Lord " is of the 
very essence of true religion, and is indeed, what 
he asserts it, actually our strength. Actually our 
strength. Let us be quite clear about that. 

The man in whose heart there dwells this best 
of all joys is a strength to other people. We 
don t need any one to prove that to us, I imagine. 
We have all been helped and revived many a 
time merely by contact with some hearty cheerful 
soul. Who, for example, that had his choice, 
would elect for his family physician a man with a 
doleful air ? Have we not all found that a doctor s 
cheery manner was as potent a medicine as any 
drug that he called by a Latin name ? Ay, and 
even when we are in trouble, and our hearts are 
sad and sore, I think we would all rather see the 
friend whose faith in God showed in a brave and 
buoyant outlook than one whose religion was of 
the dowie and despondent sort. 

I have heard it said of an employee who had 
the gift of the joyous heart that the twinkle of 
his eyes was worth 100 a year to his firm. I 
could easily believe it, though the money value 
might well have been set at any figure, seeing 
that the thing itself is really priceless. Did not 
the most famous modern apostle of the duty of 
happiness himself a signal proof that joy is 



The Equipment of Joy 119 

something more than the mere easy overflow of 
health and animal spirits did not Stevenson 
declare that " by being happy we sow anonymous 
benefits/ and that " the entrance of such a 
person into a room is as if another candle had 
been lighted ? " I take it the proof is ample that 
a joyous heart is a strength to others. 

But more, it is a strength to oneself. That 
may not be so obvious, and yet the result here 
is even more certain. Ordinary experience tells 
us that joy is good for us, that depression and 
gloom work us bodily harm. But from one 
province of scientific study especially there has 
come a wonderful array of evidence that makes 
it as certain as any fact can be that the happy 
states of mind do literally add to our strength in 
quite measurable directions. There is, in strict 
fact, no tonic in all the world like gladness. 

That being so, joy, and especially the best 
kind of it of which Nehemiah speaks, is not a 
luxury, not a condition you may legitimately 
cherish if you are fortunate enough to possess it. 
It is a sheer necessity. You can t do without it. 
Even to meet your sorrows, even to gird you for 
service, even to run your race without fainting, 
you need the joy of the Lord, which is strength. 
And since the Father has stored up such an 
abundant supply of it in this world of His, since 



120 The Equipment of Joy 

it is knocking at our doors every day, and only 
our distrust and suspicion keep it outside, we 
know what to do to secure this good gift of God. 
We have only to open our doors to let it in, and 
give it room. 

" So take Joy home 

And make a place in thy great heart for her, 
And give her time to grow, and cherish her, 
Then will she come and oft will sing to thee 
When thou art working in the furrows ay, 
Or weeding in the sacred hour of dawn. 
It is a comely fashion to be glad 
Joy is the grace we say to God." 

PRAYER 

Help us, God, beyond our poor and forgetful 
thanksgiving, to show forth the praise of Thy 
loving kindness by our joy and gladness. For 
Thy great grace and mercy toward us, and for 
all the gifts of Thy sleepless Providence, we offer 
Thee the joy of our hearts. Accept our offering, 
we beseech Thee ; forgive its scant measure, and 
teach us to be glad in Thee. For Thy Name s 
sake. Amen. 



" The God of Jacob is out 
refuge." 

( PSALM xlvi. n.) 

XIX 

THE GOD OF THE UNLOVABLE MAN 

THERE is a phrase which echoes through the Old 
Testament like the refrain of some solemn music 
-the "God of Jacob." "The God of Jacob," 
says the 46th Psalmist, " is our refuge." Yet 
when you think of it, it is a strange title. The 
" God of Abraham " you can understand, for 
Abraham was a great and faithful soul. And 
the " God of Isaac," also, for Isaac was a saint. 
But the " God of Jacob " is a combination of 
ideas of a very different sort. For though, by 
God s grace, Jacob became a saint in the end, it 
took much discipline and trouble to mould him 
into a true godliness. And, for the greater part of 
his life, and many of his appearances on the 
stage of Scripture, his actions and ideals are not 
such as to make us admire him very passionately. 
We like Esau for all his faults, but we do not like 
Jacob for all his virtues. There is something 
cold and calculating about Jacob that repels 
affection. For all his religion, the Jacob of the 

earlier chapters is a mean soul, successful but 

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122 The God of the Unlovable Man 

unscrupulous, pious but not straight, spiritually- 
minded but not lovable. And yet the Almighty 
condescends to be known as the God of Jacob, 
and the Bible loves that name for God ! 

What does that say to you ? To me it says 
this and I think we all need to learn it that 
God is the God even of unlovable people ! That 
even unlovable people have a God ! That the 
Lord is very gracious to sinners, we all rejoice to 
believe, for that is the Evangel of Jesus, and He 
Himself was found practising it even among the 
waifs and outcasts of society. But that unlovable 
people have a God, too, is actually harder for us 
to realise, for the plain fact is that unlovable, 
disagreeable people irritate and annoy us more even 
than the sinners. If you question that, just ana 
lyse your attitude to the Prodigal in our Lord s 
wonderful story, compared with that toward his 
respectable, cold-hearted and priggish elder 
brother. The brother irritates us. We call him, 
with some heat, as Henry Drummond did, a 
baby, and we want to shake him. But we never 
want to shake the prodigal. 

Now, we all have, on our list of acquaintances, 
people whom we have labelled disagreeable, who 
continually rub us the wrong way, as we put it. 
There is the man who is always talking about 
himself, and is filled with conceit like a bladder 



The God of the Unlovable Man 123 

with air. " There is the man/ says Hazlitt in 
one of his Essays, " who asks you fifty questions 
as to the commonest things you advance, and, 
you would sooner pardon a fellow who held a 
pistol at your breast and demanded your money." 
There is the ill-tempered, sulky person, and the 
grumbling, whining, dolorous soul never without 
an ache or a grievance. So we can all draw up 
our own private " Index Expurgatorius " of the 
people we bar or dislike. We say these people 
are unlovable. 

And, since the corruption of the best is the 
worst, we are agreed that the most unlovable 
of all types is the religious undesirable, the smug, 
unctuous, oily person, for example, whose sincerity 
is continually in question, the narrow, intolerant, 
little soul who cannot see any sort of truth or 
righteousness except his own, or the prim and 
pious man who is cocksure of his interest in the 
life to come, but is not straight in the affairs 
of the life which now is. There are others, but 
enumeration is not a very profitable or a pleasant 
task. Take them all together, gather them in 
a crowd in your memory, and then set yourself 
this exercise for your sanctification and growth 
in grace. Realise that the Lord your God is 
the God also of these unlovable people. Get 
that idea thoroughly into your heart, and say it 



124 The God of the Unlovable Man 

to yourself, if need be, many times a day. These 
people look up to Him in worship just as you do. 
They have their sacred hours in His presence 
just as you have. There is nothing you look for 
to God, that they do not seek, too, from Him. 
They are not of a different order from you, but 
the same order. And though you do not love 
them, God does. Though they are outside of 
your circle, they are not outside of His. The 
God of Jacob is their God. And therein lies for 
them, as it did for Jacob, the hope and promise 
of better things to come. 

If we remembered that, should we not be more 
patient and forbearing with them than we are, 
keener to look for the best in them, and to make 
the best of them than we are ? Just to think 
of what is meant by the " God of Jacob "is to 
set our sharp and bitter judgments of others 
over against the infinitely tender compassion 
and patience and longsuffering of God. All the 
wonder of the divine grace is hidden in the phrase. 
And this is the wonder that God never grows 
tired even of disagreeable people. He does not 
give up caring even for the unlovable. But oh ! 
what poor sons and daughters of the Lord 
Almighty we are, with our quick, rash final 
judgments and our hard, unbrotherly hearts ! 

Did you ever ask yourself what some of these 



The God of the Unlovable Man 125 

unlovable people are doing, the while you and I 
are telling each other how impossible and 
unlovable they are ? George Eliot suggests it 
somewhere thus : " While we are coldly dis 
cussing a man s career, sneering at his mistakes, 
and labelling his opinions Evangelical and 
narrow or Latitudinarian and. pantheistic/ or 
Anglican and supercilious/ that man in his 
solitude is perhaps shedding hot tears because 
his sacrifice is a hard one, because strength and 
patience are failing him to speak the difficult 
word and do the difficult deed." Ah, yes, it s 
a mercy that there is a God even for unlovable 
people ! 

But there is a question that has been waiting 
all this time, and we must ask it before we close. 
What about ourselves, you and me P Are we such 
lovable people that we can afford to judge others ? 
Do we never rub our friends the wrong way, 
and, without meaning it, annoy and disappoint 
and repel them ? Are our religious profession and 
our daily practice so very much in keeping that 
we may talk about prigs and self-righteous people 
as if they belonged to an entirely different world ? 
May I speak for you all and say humbly " No " ? 
No, God knows they are not ! The fact is that 
if we know ourselves at all well, we must be 
aware that we have it in us to be quite as dis- 



126 The God of the Unlovable Man 

agreeable and selfish and self-righteous as any 
body. It is only our best beloved who do not 
get tired of us, and sometimes even they must 
be hard put to it. 

But there is a blessed Gospel for those who 
have made that discovery about themselves. 
There is a God of Jacob. Abraham is too high 
for us, and Isaac is too saintly, but Jacob, faulty, 
disappointing, unlovable, yet by God s grace 
redeemed and perfected at last, Jacob is the 
man for us ! The hope and comfort of all who 
have learned what they really are is that " the 
God of Jacob is our refuge/ 

PRAYER 

BRING us, we pray Thee, O God, into a truer 
knowledge of ourselves. Make us to learn how 
frail we are, how poor and blind and naked ; to 
the end we may regard with due charity the 
shortcomings of others, and may worthily praise 
Thy great Mercy, who yet hast not turned away 
Thy face from us. For Jesus sake. Amen. 



" Elijah went a day s journey 
into the wilderness, and came 
and sat under a juniper tree, and 
requested for himself that he 
might die." 

(i KINGS xix. 4.) 

XX 

UNDER THE JUNIPER TREE 

A WELL-KNOWN writer relates that, when passing 
through Edinburgh once, he saw a procession of 
Friendly Societies, and observed on one of the 
banners the name emblazoned, The Order of the 
Juniper Tree. His comment is : " Many of us 
belong to that order." So we do. And, because 
of that, we can diagnose Elijah s trouble quite 
accurately. He is suffering, as we have all 
suffered at some time or other, from the pains 
and penalties of reaction. Just because he had 
climbed to a height almost superhuman, the re 
action when it came was very black and terrible. 
The Bible is too wise and too true to human 
nature to conceal the fact that for his hour 
of splendid daring, Elijah had his price to 
pay. 

It s a commonplace, of course, but just one 
of those commonplaces which in the bulk spell 
wisdom, that there was a physical reason for 
this condition. To put it plainly, Elijah was 
tired out. He had been using up his physical 

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128 Under the Juniper Tree 

and nervous energy at such a ruinous rate during 
the past few hours, that he had overdrawn his 
account. It strikes one as a very significant 
fact that when God s angel took the prophet in 
hand, the first thing he did was to provide him 
with a meal. Elijah was actually on his way 
back to his normal condition when he had had 
something to eat. 

That is not a mere incident in the story. It 
is exceedingly important, because, sometimes 
the religious depression with which we are 
acquainted arises in a similar way. It is a very 
useful fact to remember that a man s whole 
religious outlook is coloured by the condition of 
his health. We may be slow to admit such a 
low and material cause for effects so apparently 
spiritual. But it is a fact all the same. And it 
is only wise to recognise it. 

But Elijah s reaction was not entirely or even 
mainly physical in its origin. He had been in 
a very exalted spiritual condition during the 
contest on Carmel. Think what the man had 
done ! He had stood alone in the path of a 
whole nation rioting down to idolatry and shame- 
lessness, and with voice and presence and fire 
from Heaven had stopped and turned them, 
driven the huddled, frightened sheep back again 
to the ways and the worship of God. Was it to 



Under the Juniper Tree 129 

be wondered at that his very soul within him 
was faint under the strain ? 

Though the vision and the privileges of the 
hill-top are what the best men covet most, it 
is but little of it at a time that any one can 
stand. Do you remember that Jesus would 
not let Peter and James and John remain long 
on the Mount of the Transfiguration, even though 
they wanted to build tabernacles and dwell 
there ? There have been few greater spiritual 
experts than John Bunyan, and when he has 
described how his pilgrim fared in the Palace 
Beautiful, how he slept in a chamber called 
Peace, how he saw afar off the Delectable Land, 
whither he was journeying, where does he take 
him next ? Straight down into the Valley of 
Humiliation, where he has to fight for his life 
against the darts of the Evil One flying as thick 
as hail I 

There is no cure for reaction, of course, but 
there are one or two rules which experience has 
proved to be helpful. 

For example, it is never a wise thing, when 
you are depressed, to attempt to form any judg 
ment about yourself, your service, or your standing 
in the sight of God. By some Satanic impulse, 
that is the very time, of course, when you will 
be tempted to do it. It may appear a very 
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130 Under the Juniper Tree 

wholesome spiritual exercise when you have gone 
a day s journey into the wilderness and are faint, 
to reckon up what manner of man and disciple 
of Christ you are. But don t do it then. Nobody 
sees truly either himself or God, under a juniper 
tree. 

And then, if possible, do not speak about 
your despondency. Don t express your mood out 
wardly at all, if you can help it. Bottle it up if 
you can, and you will starve it all the sooner. 
His biographer relates of the late Ian Maclaren 
that, like many people who have Celtic blood in 
their veins, he was subject to curious fits of 
depression and gloom which did not seem to 
be in any way connected with bodily health. 
" But/ he goes on to say, " he never inflicted 
his melancholy moods on his family, was only 
very quiet and absorbed, and kept more closely 
to his study. In a day or two he would emerge 
again, like a man coming out into the sunshine." 

And lastly. Once a man has sworn himself a 
disciple and soldier of Jesus Christ, neither doubt 
nor depression, neither darkness nor reaction 
absolves him from the obligation to follow and 
to serve when he is called. It must be confessed 
that it is an undue sense of the importance of 
our own feelings that makes the juniper- tree- 
mood the peril and hindrance that it is. We 



Under the Juniper Tree 131 

need to remember that the call of Christ over 
rides personal feelings. In His army too, there 
is discipline to be thought of, and "it is not 
soldierly to skulk/ When the bugle calls to 
action, nobody but a coward would make the 
fact that he is not feeling quite up to the mark, 
an excuse for sitting still. Reaction is a natural 
thing, but cowardice is always shameful. 

PRAYER 

O Lord our God, we bless Thee for the comfort 
of Thy perfect knowledge of us. We are glad 
to think that Thou knowest our frame and 
rememberest that we are dust. Make us more 
wise to bring the burden of our moods of darkness 
and reaction to the footstool of Thy perfect 
understanding ; but save us, we beseech Thee, 
from all yielding in the long fight against them. 
Seeing that Thy grace is sufficient for us and Thy 
strength made perfect in our weakness, grant 
us a godly fear of all unmanly surrender. For 
Thy Name s sake. Amen. 



" // any man will do his will 
he shall know of the doctrine." 
(JOHN vii. 17.) 

XXI 

INSTRUCTING THE CABIN BOY 

WHEN John Wesley was on his way home from 
Georgia, he wrote this record of the voyage 
in his Journal : " Being sorrowful and very 
heavy (though I could give no particular 
reason for it) and utterly unwilling to speak 
close to any of my little flock (about twenty 
persons), I was in doubt whether my own 
neglect of them was not one cause of my 
heaviness. In the evening, therefore, I began 
instructing the cabin boy, after which I was 
much easier." 

This is a significant passage for various reasons. 
For one thing, it lets us see that even a spiritual 
genius like Wesley sometimes fell into the mood 
of doubt. And, for another, it shows how, almost 
by accident, as it seems, he found a cure for his 
trouble. It is plain that religion just then had 
lost its savour for the great evangelist. The joy 
had gone out of his service and the power from 
his prayers, and he was not sure of anything at 
all. This is practical doubt, the only serious kind 

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Instructing the Cabin Boy 133 

there is. " Being sorrowful and very heavy and 
very unwilling." 

There are not a few men and women whose 
trouble this is. They are in straits to know what 
is really God s truth. They greatly desire to 
lay hold of it surely for themselves. The tre 
mendous earnestness of those who have found 
the old dogmas unsatisfying, and are adrift again 
in a twentieth century search for God, is one 
of the most significant features of the situation. 
Can a man really come in touch with God ? 
they ask. Is there a living Christ whose presence 
redeems men from evil and can lift them up to 
what they long to be ? Is there a life with God 
which even Death cannot end ? And those who 
are in such deep earnest to know God vitally 
for themselves, are sorrowful and heavy indeed 
to find that all their thinking and reading and 
inquiry do so little for them. They pray for 
light, and examine all the evidence with a wistful 
eagerness, but the clouds still lie around them, 
and they are still wandering, now in this direc 
tion, now in that, like men lost in a mist. 

Is there no way out of this tangle ? Yes, 
there ts. To all who are sorrowful and heavy 
because they know so little they can call their 
own about God and spiritual living, I want to 
say, There is a way forward, a safe, sure way. It 



134 Instructing the Cabin Boy 

is the way that Wesley stumbled upon. " I 
began instructing the cabin boy." That is the 
way for you and me to a fuller experience of God. 

That is the simple solution which so many 
thousands of us have overlooked, and it was the 
discovery of Jesus Christ. When asked how 
He knew about God, He answered that it was 
because He was doing God s will, and He added, 
If any man, no matter who, no matter what his 
doubts be, if any man be willing to do God s 
will, where, and as, it is clear to him, he too shall 
know. God will not leave him in ignorance of 
what is really essential. 

Nowhere, except in the Bible, do you find such 
a method of learning recommended. From no 
body but Christ could such a precept come, for 
it is clean contrary to all that we know about 
learning in other spheres. Study and you will 
know, think, investigate, ask questions that, 
we can understand. That is how knowledge 
comes to us in the realms with which we are 
acquainted. But when men asked Christ how 
they could learn God s truth for themselves, He 
said, First of all you must obey it. Do, and 
you will know. 

You remember the lepers whom Christ touched, 
of whom it is written that " as they went, they 
were healed ? " That is how the only sort 



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of doubt that really matters is healed. As you 
go, not as you sit still and puzzle, but as you 
shoulder the nearest duty and obey what light 
and knowledge you have. 

" I don t know/ Wesley would say to himself, 
" whether I am in my right place here or not, 
whether I am really Christ s servant or not. I 
am in the dark, and don t seem to be sure of any 
thing. But there is that cabin boy. I can at 
least do him some good. That is right anyhow, 
whatever be uncertain." "After which," he 
says, " I was much easier." It is marvellous 
to read, but it is a law as certain and safe as 
gravitation. Do God s will as you know it, and 
you will get more light. " Doubt of any sort," 
said Thomas Carlyle, " cannot be removed except 
by action." 

It is hardly necessary to say, of course, that 
the knowledge which Christ promises to those 
who will obey God s will is not of dogma in its 
restricted theological sense. It was life Christ 
talked about, it was life He was concerned with, 
and, for Him, life meant not head-knowledge, 
but heart-experience and heart-hold of God. 
It is that He promises in His great saying. So 
do not make the mistake of thinking that when 
you seek to do the Will of God, all your mental 
difficulties, about miracles or inspiration or 



136 Instructing the Cabin Boy 

what not else, will come to an end. These are 
problems, not of life, but of mind, and you have 
them because God has given you a mind, and 
you will probably have them as long as your 
mind is growing. What Christ does promise is 
of vastly more importance, namely, the light 
of God s truth in your heart, the assurance of 
God in your inmost soul, that you shall know for 
yourself that God is, and that He is near to you, 
and that your true life is in Him ; and when a 
man has got that length, there are many doctrinal 
and other mental puzzles for the solution of which 
he is content to wait with an easy trust and 
patience. 

I like that saying of Viscount Kenmure s, 
away back in the sixteenth century, " I will lie 
at Christ s door like a beggar, and, if I may not 
knock, I will scrape." I like it, for this reason, 
that I am quite sure there is no essential door of 
God in earth or heaven which is shut against the 
man who casts himself so utterly on Him as that. 
And I take Kenmure s word to illustrate what 
Jesus meant by If any man will do God s will. It 
is when a man says, I cannot see, I do not know, 
my mind is filled with spectres and doubts and 
questions, but, so help me God, I will do the 
thing that is right for me, I will walk by what 
little light I have it is then, it is to that man 



Instructing the Cabin Boy 137 

that there come infallibly the knowledge which 
no criticism can shake, and the peace which the 
world can neither give nor take away. 

PRAYER 

O Lord our God, we thank Thee for this one 
straight road out of our doubts, and the diffi 
culties we so often make for ourselves. We 
bless Thee for the stedfast certainty that no man, 
who will rise and follow what light he has, shall 
finally be left in darkness. By doing shall we 
come to know. As we go upon our clear duty, 
other truths become more clear. It is our Lord s 
own doctrine, and in His Name we pray that 
Thou would st help us to learn it. Amen. 



" The valley of Achor for a 
door of hope" 

(HoSEA xxv. 15.) 

XXII 
GOD S DOOR OF HOPE 

THE world has a scheme of redemption of its own, 
and men can themselves do something for the 
brother who has fallen. But the plan involves, 
invariably, a change of surroundings. Worldly 
wisdom says, of the youth who is making a mess 
of his life, " Ship him off to the colonies, try him 
with a new start on another soil." But the grace 
of God promises a far more wonderful salvation. 
It makes possible a new start on the very spot 
of the old failure. It leads a man back to the 
scene of his old disloyalty, and promises him 
a new memory that shall blot out and redeem 
the old. God does not take the depressed and 
discouraged out of their surroundings. He adds 
an inward something that enables them to con 
quer where they stand. It is not some new 
untried sphere that God gilds with promise. It 
is the old place where one has already failed and 
fallen. It is the valley of Achor, the scene of 
Israel s defeat, and Achan s shame and sin, that 
God gives to His people as a door of hope. 

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God s Door of Hope 139 

In Italian history, during the Middle Ages, 
the republics of Pisa and Genoa were often at 
war, and at one time the Genoese were badly 
beaten in a sea-fight near the little island of 
Meloria. Some years after, a Genoese admiral 
took his fleet to that same spot and said, " Here 
is the rock which a Genoese defeat has made 
famous. A victory w r ould make it immortal." 
And sure enough, the fight that followed ended 
in a great victory for Genoa. It is that sort of 
hope that God holds out to all defeated souls 
who put their trust in Him. He points us back 
to our valley of Achor, the place with a memory 
we do not like to think of, and He says, There 
is your door of Hope, Go back and try again. 
And those who go back in His strength are 
enabled to write a new memory upon the old 
shame. 

Our Lord and Master is very gracious to for 
give us when we come to Him in penitence to 
tell Him of the position we have lost by our 
faithlessness or our cowardice, but He does not 
consent to the ultimate defeat of the very feeblest 
of His soldiers. " Go back and try again/ is 
His order. There are many, as Dr Matheson says, 
who offer us a golden to-morrow, but it is only 
Christ who enables us to retrieve our yesterday. 
For His grace is more than forgiveness. It is 



140 God s Door of Hope 

the promise to reverse the memory of Achor, to 
turn defeat into victory even yet. 

Achor, further, literally means Trouble, and 
it is a great thing for us when we have learned 
that even there God has for us a door of hope. 

The valley of Trouble is perhaps the last place 
in the world where the uninstructed would look 
for any fruit of harvest, and yet again and again 
men have brought the fairest flowers of character 
and holiness out of it. How many a devout and 
useful servant of Christ owes the beginning of 
his allegiance to a serious illness, to some crippling 
disappointment, to an overwhelming sorrow ? 
In all humility there are many who can say, It 
is good for me that I have been afflicted, and there 
are many, many more about whom their friends 
often quote that text. 

" I walked a mile with Pleasure ; 
She chattered all the way, 
But left me none the wiser 
For all she had to say. 

" I walked a mile with Sorrow, 
And ne er a word said she, 
But oh, the things I learned from her, 
When Sorrow walked with me ! " 

There is a door of Hope even in the valley of 
Trouble, and those who tread it in God s company 
shall not fail to find it. 

There is one other class who need to know that 



God s Door of Hope 141 

even in Achor there is a door of hope, the depressed 
and discouraged. Phillips Brooks once declared, 
" I came near doing a dreadful thing the other 
day. I was in East Boston and I suddenly felt 
as if I must get away from everything for a while. 
I went to the Cunard dock and asked if the 
steamer had sailed. She had been gone about 
an hour. I believe if she had still been there, 
I should have absconded." I wonder if there 
is any one who has not known that feeling ? 
When duty is dull, and circumstances discourag 
ing, when we seem to be merely ploughing the 
sands, " Oh," we say, " for the wings of a dove ! " 
Comfort and happiness and salvation seem to lie 
solely in escape. And it may be that they do. 
But more often the trouble is in ourselves, and 
would travel with us to the new post. 

If there be any depressed or discouraged read 
ing these lines, I should like to remind them of 
God s promise to give the valley of Achor that 
is the depressing scene of your labours, my brother 
for a door of hope. You are looking for your 
hope somewhere else, anywhere else provided it 
be out of your present rut and drudgery. In 
reality your door of hope lies in the rut, in the 
valley itself. It is not escape you need. It is 
just a braver faith that God is in your valley 
with you, and that He needs you there. 



142 God s Door of Hope 

Take a firmer grip of that, and go back to where 
you serve, and you will find, please God, that 
even in your valley He has opened for you a door 
of Hope and Gladness. 

May all those who are living and working these 
days in the valley of Achor find in it somewhere 
God s Door of Hope. 

PRAYER 

Grant us, O God, the faith that in Thy strength 
we can yet succeed even in the place where we 
have failed. Teach us that it is Thy whisper we 
hear, when we have fallen into Despond, bidding 
us rise and try again. And grant us the courage 
to be sure, since Thou hast a tryst to meet and 
help us there, that even our Achor shall open 
to us its door of hope. Amen. 



" There be many servants 
now-a-days that break away 
every man from his master." 
(i SAMUEL xxv. 10.) 

XXIII 
NOW-A-DAYS 

NABAL, says the Bible, was a churl. When 
David sent his men to request some provender, 
in return for services rendered, this ill-manered 
sheep-farmer broke out, " Who is David ? There 
be many servants now-a-days that break away 
every man from his master." It was a singularly 
rude and ungracious reply, all things considered. 
But it is not about Nabal s truculence I wish to 
speak. I want you to think about that phrase 
he used, and the tone in which it was said. 
" Now-a-days." The implication, of course, is that 
servants did not break away from their masters 
in his young days Things were different in the 
times he could remember. 

You will recognise this peculiar intonation of 
" Now-a-days " as something fairly familiar. You 
hear it yet, quite often. Now-a-days the Church 
has lost caste . Now- a- days the Bible is a neglecte d 
book. Now-a-days faith is on the wane, and most 
people don t believe anything at all. There are 
many such sentences, beginning with the word 

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144 Now-a-days 

Now- a- days and sounding like a chant on a minor 
key. 

This pessimistic philosophy is difficult to fight, 
for it is unsubstantial, and dissolves like mist 
whenever you come to close quarters. But there 
are three queries I have noted in my Bible opposite 
that " Now-a-days " of Nabal. 

And the first is What about the man himself ? 
Judge his philosophy by his actions. Nabal ap 
parently believed that servants were getting 
entirely out of hand, and he speaks as if he 
remembered something very different in his own 
early days. Very good. What was he doing 
to maintain the old standards ? Nothing, less 
than nothing. His personal manners and be 
haviour were such that servants would be very 
ready to break away on that farm, I should 
think. Now, what business has Nabal to go 
whining, in general terms, mark you, about 
servants now- a- days, when he behaves like a boor 
to his own ? For any declension which he may 
see about him, he is himself largely responsible. 

I think that it is a perfectly fair line of argu 
ment, and it disposes of quite a number of pious 
" inexactitudes." When I hear a man talking 
about the lost influence of the Church now- a- days, 
I am always tempted to inquire what his own 
relation to it is, whether he is loyally supporting 



Now-a-days 145 

it and working in its interests, for experience 
has taught me that a very great deal of exaltation 
of the Church s past records, at the expense of 
its position to-day, comes from men who are 
themselves doing absolutely nothing to help it 
on its way. There are exceptions, of course, 
but, as a rule, it is not the active workers in 
any worthy cause who are lamenting its failure. 
The men who think the country is going to the 
dogs are themselves to be found, for the most 
part, lolling in the clubs. It is not the pledged 
and active member of Christ s kingdom who 
thinks it is disappearing from the earth. And 
to those who are fond of the Now-a-days type of 
complaint, I would suggest the inquiry What 
about yourself ? Are you helping to keep up 
the old standards as you say you remember 
them ? Or is your influence also tending to 
set this ball of the earth rolling in the very 
direction you deplore, namely, down the hill ? 

The second query on Nabal s " Now-a-days " 
is Can his memory be relied upon ? It is an 
instinct with us all to idealise the past, and gild it 
in memory with all sorts of romance. We quietly 
drop all the shadows from the picture as time 
goes on. Were ever summer days since so long 
and fine and sunny as they were when we were 
boys ? Never ! We are all agreed about that. 



146 Now-a-days 

Yet when we were boys, men who were then 
grey were using exactly the same words about 
summer days years before ! We are all apt to 
praise the past just because it is the past, and 
because it has a way of turning rosy as it recedes. 
The wise man recognises that, and allows for it. 
The foolish man begins many sentences with 
" Now-a-days," and ends with a shake of the 
head and a sigh. 

But there is something that does not forget 
nor gild the past with false romance, and that 
is history. Turn back its pages a hundred years 
or more ; read such a book as H. G. Graham s 
" Social Life in Scotland in the Eighteenth 
Century " ; and you will soon discover what a 
fine word Now-a-days really is. 

As far as humanity and civilisation, brotherly 
charity, and true religion are concerned, the man 
who in pessimistic mood contrasts now-a-days with 
the good old times a hundred years ago, simply 
does not know what he is talking about. Changes 
there have been, many and radical, but change 
is not necessarily a sign either of declension or 
decay. 

I can partly understand a man without faith 
in God giving his vote for a general falling off 
in human progress, but I cannot understand a 
man who believes in God, and in the presence 



Now-a-days 147 

in the world of a living spirit of Christ, being 
a pessimist. No one affirms, of course, that we 
are progressing everywhere, and all the time. 
Set-backs here and there, there are in human 
history just as in a successful campaign. But 
that, on the whole, the world grows better, the 
Kingdom comes, and earth draws nearer to 
Heaven, seems to me to be simply a corollary 
from the fact that God reigns, and has blessed 
us with knowledge of Himself. 

I grant you that the war is a disappointing 
revelation of how far mankind still has to travel. 
But, as far as we are concerned, I am not dis 
posed to counsel undue humiliation and self- 
condemnation on account of it. A people that 
for the sake of unseen eternal realities like honour 
and righteousness will make the sacrifices which 
we are making, can hardly be said to be 
degenerating, especially when we remember 
some of the causes for which we have drawn 
the sword in years and generations gone by. 
But even though the clock of progress be set 
back awhile and that does not seem so likely 
now as when the war began it is simply not 
possible that, in this world of God s, evil should 
ultimately vanquish good, that the Spirit of 
Christ should finally be crushed by the forces 
that oppose it. That can never be. As soon 



148 Now-a-days 

might the germs of disease which the sun destroys 
turn round upon it and quench its blessed light. 

The third query opposite Nabal s " Now-a-days " 
is Does he truly discern the present time ? 
Does he know " now- a- days " even as well as he 
knows the past ? As a matter of fact, David 
was not just a servant who had broken away 
from his master, and if Nabal had only lived a 
little longer he would have seen how completely 
he had misread the signs of the times. 

That is worth remembering when you are 
tempted to say, Now-a-days things are out of 
joint. Maybe you don t clearly see these very 
days you are disparaging. When Jesus preached 
in Nazareth, the village where He had been 
brought up, the people said, Is not this the 
Carpenter ? and in their anger at His presumption, 
as they thought it, they wanted to make away 
with Him. If they had only known ! 

It is not enough to recognise that we cannot 
see the future. We cannot even see the present. 
Think what it would be like if we could see the 
great men, the prophets, poets, reformers, leaders, 
who are at this present moment in our nurseries 
and schools, or if we were able to recognise in 
the at present small shoot of a cause, the 
great tree into which in God s providence it is 
destined to grow ! 



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Now- a- days ; now- a- days ! What a delusion it 
is for anybody to think he knows " now-a- 
days " well enough to call it names ! It is not 
with observation that the Kingdom comes. God 
rings no bell when He has a new and gracious 
purpose afoot in the world. And the thing for 
you and me to do is to rest confidently in the 
faith that, in His own good way and time, God 
is redeeming the world to Himself, and to do all 
that we can to help Him, and to make our little 
corner of it a brighter and a better place. But 
do not let us imagine that we can see all that 
is going on about us. There is far, far more of 
God and of goodness in the world than we suspect. 
The woods and hedges look very bleak and bare 
to-day. 1 It is a dead and barren aspect that 
Nature wears now- a- days. Yet even now the sap 
is mounting quickly in every living stem, and 
Spring is getting ready while we sleep. 

So, let us have the courage to believe so is 
it with every worthy cause of God and man. 

PRAYER 

Almighty God, Ruler and Disposer of all 
events, we would remember that this world of 
ours is, first of all, Thine. We believe that, 
though Thy Kingdom comes not with observation 

1 Written in February. 



150 Now-a-days 

yet it does come more and more. We believe 
that, with Thee, the best is yet to be. And 
we pray that, with that faith in our hearts, we 
may leave the large campaign with quietness 
and confidence to Thee, and seek rather to 
discharge the duties of that post Thou hast 
assigned to us, with loyalty and good hope. 
Amen. 



"And a certain man drew a 
bow at a venture." 

(2 CHRONICLES xviii. 33 

XXIV 
ROUNDABOUT ROADS 

IT sounds improbable that though a whole 
army was trying to kill Ahab, it should be an 
arrow which a man shot at a venture, or as 
the Hebrew has it, quaintly, " in his simplicity " 
when twanging his bow carelessly, or trying a 
new string perhaps that should find the king s 
heart. 

And yet it is the thing that does happen occa 
sionally in real life. We sometimes do get the 
target when we are aiming for something else. 
The name which we have been worrying to recall 
strolls casually into our memory when we have 
given up trying and are not thinking of it at all. 
There are certain stars, astronomers tell us, 
which they see best when they look askance. 
And I have come to think that there are certain 
precious goods of His which God allows us to 
possess on the same conditions. You see them 
by looking past them. You get them by aiming 
at something else. " Look at your goal and go 
for it straight," says worldly wisdom, wisely 



152 Roundabout Roads 

and truly enough in many instances. All the 
same there are good things in life to which that 
is emphatically NOT the road. The real way to 
secure these is to aim for something else. 

This is true, for example, of Happiness. Every 
one of us wants to be happy. And there is such 
a bountiful provision of the means of happiness 
all about us that it is difficult to resist the 
conclusion that God means us all to be happy. 
Yet when those for whom happiness is meant 
and prepared seek it directly and for itself, it 
is as certain as anything can be that they won t 
find it. You ask, perhaps you pray for this 
boon, and God shows you only some bare duty 
that is clearly yours. Out to it you go, like a 
brave man, not thinking there can be any blessings 
on that road, when, lo ! as you journey, happiness 
comes to you, quietly, filling your heart with 
peace. 

One does not find that the New Testament, as 
a matter of fact, has much to say about being 
happy at all. There is so little reference to it 
that it looks as if God had forgotten our need. 
I find that the Book which I had thought might 
tell me how to find happiness tells me instead 
of " bearing one another s burdens," doing it 
" unto one of the least of these " ; tells me about 
my brother s need of me when he is sick or naked 



Roundabout Roads 153 

or hungry ; tells me even about such a thing as 
a cup of cold water to a thirsty disciple. Ah ! 
but when, in however poor a fashion, I forget 
my own quest and gird myself in Christ s name 
and try to DO some of these things, I find that 
God has not forgotten after all, that, all the 
time He has been showing me THE way to happi 
ness, and I did not recognise it because it is not 
a straight road. It s not a question of seeking, 
but of forgetting to seek. Happiness comes to 
you oftenest when you are intent on bringing 
it to your brother. 

The same principle holds true also with regard 
to Influence. It is natural that a man should 
desire that his shadow when it falls on others 
should heal and not hurt. But the healing, 
helpful shadow is not got by wishing for it. 
As soon as you begin to think about it and aim 
for it, you will go astray. Here is a little poem 
which tells how the strange magnetic quality 
of influence for good comes to a man : 

" He kept his lamp still lighted, 

Though round about him came 
Men who, by commerce blighted, 
Laughed at his little flame. 

He kept his sacred altar 

Lit with the torch divine, 
Nor let his purpose falter, 

Like yours, O World, and mine. 



154 Roundabout Roads 

And they whose cold derision 
Had mocked him, came one day 

To beg of him the vision 
To help them on their way. 

And, barefoot or in sandal, 

When forth they fared to die, 
They took from his poor candle 

One spark to guide them by." 

That is the secret a roundabout way, as you see. 
If Influence is to be ours, that is how it will come, 
not by our trying to be influential, but by our 
striving to be upright, loyal, and true. 

In the third place, this is true of Life in Christ s 
sense of the term. Life was one of His favourite 
words. It was Life, in the highest sense, that 
He claimed to bring to men. And the greatest 
calamity in His eyes that could fall on any man 
is that that inward soul-life should die. 

Yet when those in whom He has awakened it, 
aim directly for its growth and culture, they 
make mistakes. To the question Shall I regard 
the development and deepening of that soul-life 
of mine as the one end and object of my living ? 
the answer of Jesus, as I understand it, is No. 
Life, said He, at its highest and fullest and most 
perfect, is reached by giving it away. He that 
loseth his life shall save it. 

What a long way from this ideal are those good 
people who are for ever laying their fingers on 



Roundabout Roads 155 

their spiritual pulse and plucking their soul-life 
up by the roots to see how it is growing ! There 
is a nobler use of life than to save it in that fear 
ful fashion. There is a truer way to grow in grace 
than by hoarding up virtue so, namely, by letting 
it go generously out from us. When St Nicholas 
got to Heaven with his white robes of sainthood 
stained with mud through stopping on his way 
to help a carter pull his waggon out of a rut 
a task which his fellow St Cassianus, for the 
sake of his robes, avoided and declined it was 
the muddy saint whom the Master welcomed 
with the sweetest smile and the most gracious 
words. Whoso loseth his life, the same shall 
save it. 

Happiness, Influence, Life, these three, and 
the road to each of them is indirect. May 
God bless it to us that we have stood for a 
little to mark the flight of an arrow shot " in 
simplicity ! " 

PRAYER 

O Lord our God, may we have grace to dis 
cover the blessings that lie on Thy roundabout 
roads. May we never make the mistake of 
thinking that the path to true happiness is the 
one that runs straight towards it. Keep us true 
to Christ, and we shall not then be false to any 



156 Roundabout Roads 

man. And give us to know that we are likest 
Him, not when we hoard and cherish life and 
virtue, but when we spend them without stint 
or measure in any worthy cause of God or man, 
for His sake. Amen. 



" Why was not this ointment 
sold for three hundred pence, 
and given to the poor ? " 

(JOHN xii. 5.) 

XXV 

THE EXTRAVAGANCE OF LOVE 

" WHEREVER this Gospel is preached, this that 
she had done shall be told as a memorial of her." 
What a gracious memorial, and how worthy of 
it was Mary s beautiful outburst of generosity ! 
But what a pity that the speech of Judas should 
be recorded also, as a memorial of him ! And 
yet, on mature consideration, we would not have 
the Judas criticism forgotten. Because it called 
forth what we might not otherwise have had, 
the vindication of Jesus Himself. And because, 
as a matter of fact, we are constantly hearing 
the protest of Judas repeated in our own day, 
and are often ill-held to know how to meet it. 
" This he said," records our evangelist bluntly, 
" not because he loved the poor, but because he 
was a thief and kept the bag." Yet he might 
have been an honest man and said the same 
thing. For very many honest and earnest men 
and women are repeating this criticism still. 
It is repeated whenever it is taken for granted 
that practical utility is the only standard by 



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which to judge actions and offerings, that God 
and man can be served in no other way than by 
" iron bars and perspiration." 

How often do we meet the type of mind that 
admits the service of a ploughman and denies 
that of poet or artist, for whom a waterfall, as 
somebody has said, exists merely as so much power 
for driving turbines, and whose sole test of use 
fulness is that of making two blades grow and 
corn blades at that ! where but one grew before. 
We are commonly browbeaten by this type of 
person, and yet we feel that somehow, if we 
could only say it, he is wrong that the poet s 
is as divine a vocation as the farmer s, that God 
meant a silver band of falling water in a green 
glade to suggest other things besides dynamos, 
and that he who even paints some blades of grass, 
and paints them pleasingly, has his place some 
where in the great guild of servants of God and 
man. 

One has heard the same attitude taken up in 
other directions too. Why spend so much money 
on a Church, you will be asked, when there are 
so many poor people in the land ? What need 
for stone pillars and a fine organ, when a plain 
building and a harmonium would do as well ? 
Why try to secure what is called a beautiful 
Church service, dignified, stately, musical, when 



The Extravagance of Love 159 

the very baldest worship is acceptable in God s 
sight, if only it be sincere ? We have heard all 
that, and other remarks like that, often, and we 
have seldom been able to give reasons against 
them. A mere instinctive sentiment seems a 
feeble thing to oppose to such cold and hard 
facts. Yet somehow we feel that it is all wrong 
if only we knew how to convict it. 

Did it ever occur to you that Jesus Himself 
has answered that objection and others like it 
when He vindicated Mary s action that night ? 
There is no doubt that her ointment cost a deal 
of money, money that could have fed many 
hungry people. It was an extravagant offering, 
without any practical outcome, save that Jesus 
was refreshed. There is no doubt also about 
our Lord s sympathy with the poor and needy. 
And yet He upheld Mary s action, and would not 
have it called wasteful ! All that could be said 
in its favour was that it was beautiful, that it 
touched Jesus keenly, and influenced all who saw 
it done. And that, as I read the story, was one 
reason at least why Jesus defended it. He 
allows the Beautiful. He would have the Beauti 
ful honoured for its own sake even in a world so 
full of sorrow and trouble as this. 

For my part, I am very grateful that this word 
of Christ s has been recorded. For it affords 



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sufficient warrant for declaring the poet, the 
artist, the architect, and all those who are trying 
to make the world more beautiful, God s servants 
too, offering Him a gift He does not disdain to 
recognise, as truly as the physician, the philan 
thropist, and the preacher whose object is to 
make it better. 

Beauty of form and structure has been lavished 
profusely by the Creator on creatures too small 
to be seen. There are more things grow out of 
God s earth than corn for food or timber for 
building houses. There s the heather and the 
wild flowers, the daisies and the violets. Hard- 
headed common-sense asks What s the use of 
them ? What good do they do ? The answer 
is that they are beautiful, and that seems in 
God s sight to be justification enough for having 
made them. 

So when we see Love breaking her alabaster 
box, and pouring forth her offering without stint, 
as she is doing every day a mother lavishing 
care upon an ungrateful son, a husband surround 
ing a peevish wife with a tireless devotion, or "a 
sister keeping her own love-dream at arm s 
length that she may guard and guide some grace 
less brother let us lay our hands upon our lips 
when we are tempted to criticise. These actions 
may be foolish, extravagant, quixotic, and may 



The Extravagance of Love 161 

outrage every canon of common-sense. But there 
is a fragrance about them without which the world 
would be much poorer. They are morally beauti 
ful, and for that reason, our Lord Himself would 
teach us, they are not to be rudely handled nor 
judged by any hard standard. 

Yes, but He said more than that. He found 
a more complete extenuation of Mary s extrava 
gance. It was because she loved much. Her 
gift was an offering of love to Himself. " She 
hath done it for my burial/ And that is the 
end of the whole matter, my brothers. Love is 
always extravagant when measured by the tape- 
line of bare duty. It always overflows. It breaks 
its box and gives everything it has. Yet, 
like the widow s cruse of old, its casket is never 
empty, for even when it has given its all, the 
next needy case will find succour at that door. 
Take your charity subscription sheet to the man 
who loudly asserts that too much money is being 
given to the Kirk this dull season, and what will 
you get ? Take it also to the man who has 
signed a bigger cheque than he can well afford 
that the House of his God may be made beautiful, 
and it will be strange if you are sent empty away. 
Ah no, it is not Mary, whose devotion has found 
outlet in some sudden generosity, it is not she 
who neglects the poor. 



162 The Extravagance of Love 

PRAYER 

O Lord our God, whose we are and Whom we 
seek to serve, enlighten us, we pray Thee, in the 
knowledge and practice of that supreme service 
which is love. May we learn that the greatest 
thing in our little lives is the love they hold 
for God and man. Teach us to appraise love s 
extra everywhere as those who have also felt and 
understand. And when our own gift and offer 
ing must needs be poor and small, may we be en 
couraged by the remembrance that even a widow s 
mite that love has offered is precious in Thy 
sight. Amen. 



" / know both how to be 
abased, and I know how to 
abound." 

(PHILIPPIANS iv. 12.) 

XXVI 

THE ART OF " DOING WITHOUT " 

IN one of his letters, Paul declares that he knows 
both how to be abased and how to abound. 
Most people, who did not stop to think, would be 
inclined to assert that the second of these lessons 
did not require much learning. It s an easy enough 
thing to be content, they would say, when you 
have plenty. Far harder is it to learn how to do 
without. I am not at all sure that that is right. 
I rather think that, of the two, abundance is a 
more searching test of a man s true quality than 
scarcity ever is. Carlyle has declared that for 
one man who will stand prosperity there are a 
hundred that will stand adversity. 

But whether that be so or not, there is no 
question that it is a great thing to have the secret 
of doing without. And the merest glance abroad 
convinces us that it is of the utmost importance. 
In literature, for example, the quality which 
confers most distinction upon style is the art of 
omission. Did not Stevenson, himself a master, 
say that one who knew what to omit could mako 

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164 The Art of " Doing Without " 

an Iliad of the daily newspaper ? And the 
commonest blunders in the great business of living 
spring from ignorance of this secret. Why do 
some people make themselves disagreeable in a 
community by their touchiness and sulkiness ? 
Simply because they have not learned how to 
be abased, how to live without getting their own 
way always, or without getting the praise or 
recognition to which they feel themselves en 
titled. It s an art, you see, which is well worth 
studying. 

It has to be added that opportunities for 
practising it are never long wanting from any 
body. We don t need to choose what things 
we shall do without, as a rule. The things are 
simply taken from us, or we never get them. It 
may be our own fault, or it may not. The result 
is the same. We have to do without. And we 
give away our inmost self by the fashion in 
which we do it. 

There is, for example, the question of material 
goods. It s easy to talk unreal nonsense here, 
and we all must confess to wishing to have 
more of this sort of property than we do possess. 
But I honestly believe that the Apostle Paul did 
not greatly concern himself whether he was, 
materially speaking, well-off or ill-off. There are 
other men that one knows who have attained to 



The Art of " Doing Without " 165 

the same point of view. There s no question 
either that for those whose religion is a vital 
thing it is the right point of view. The real man 
is independent of either riches or poverty, because 
the real man is the man inside. Riches is not you. 
Poverty is not you. You are what you are in 
your inner spirit. The riches there are invisible, 
but they are eternal love, faith, hope, peace. 
And the man who has these, as Paul had them, 
can honestly say that it is of relatively small 
moment whether he is in a material sense, rich 
or poor. 

Or take the question of friendship. Who can 
tell in adequate words what it means to have one 
true, loyal friend ? But it has happened some 
times that the very closest friendships are broken 
and a man has to stand alone, not by his own 
choice, but in the grim ordering of things. There 
is a higher obligation than that you keep faith 
with your friends. First and foremost you must 
keep faith with yourself, with your own conscience, 
with the voice within. And it may be that 
obedience to that involves seeming disloyalty 
to your friends, either for a while or permanently. 

Such a time came to Paul. He had for con 
science sake to stand alone ; and he did it. 
He was able to do it because his life did not rest 
for its ultimate pillar on his friendships any more 



166 The Art of " Doing Without " 

than on his riches. Paul s real life was within. 
That inner life of his was enriched and made 
radiant and constant by one supreme fact he 
believed that Jesus Christ his Lord deigned to 
share it with him in spirit. It is not irreverent 
to say that in his inner soul Paul lived with 
Christ. 

Maybe his words are too big for us to use, but 
each of us who, at some hard bit of our journey, 
has appealed beyond friends to the Christ within, 
saying, " I have done, O Lord, what seemed 
to me right. And my friends are hurt and 
angry. But Thou knowest " that man has 
learned, even in a slight degree, that there is 
a nearer and truer blessing possible for sinful 
men than even human friendship. 

Then there is another thing that has sometimes 
to be done without. There are privileges that 
belong to every Christian man and woman, 
and are in a sense their birthright the sense of 
God, confidence, quietness of heart, hope. There 
is no doubt that every real Christian should be 
walking and working in the light and gladness 
of God s presence. 

But it is just as clear that not all are so blessed. 
It may be their own fault. Doubtless in many 
cases it is. Or it may be temperament or out 
ward circumstances that determine it. Anyhow, 



The Art of " Doing Without " 167 

many have to walk, not in the light but in un 
certainty, perplexity, and misgiving, and some 
times even in darkness. 

But " a bird is a bird even though it cannot 
sing." And a Christian is a Christian still even 
though his soul is dark within him, and he goes 
on in fear, never daring to look up and hope 
at all. 

That is spiritual abasement. It ought not to 
be. It is never to be lightly acquiesced in. 
But it happens sometimes to earnest men and 
women, and it seems to be the settled condition 
of a few. Is it possible to do without these 
things ? Can a man manage to exist and even 
move forward who has for a while lost his hold 
on his faith and on God ? There are good and 
godly men who have done it. Brother Lawrence 
did it. Robertson of Brighton did it. Horace 
Bushnell did it. And many, many more. When 
all that they held most precious in faith had 
been eclipsed for the time, they steered still by 
the little light they knew. Though there should 
be no heaven, they resolved that they were called 
to be pure, truthful, patient, kind, since these 
things could never be wrong. Though there 
were no Christ, they would still follow where 
He had once seemed to invite them. And so 
doing and so following they came again to know. 



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The darkness passed, and faith and gladness 
returned. They had lost hold of God for a 
little, but He had never lost hold of them. 
And, brethren, whatever the doubt or darkness 
be, that s always true. That is what makes it 
possible at all. That is what may make it even 
blessed. For 

" It s better to walk in the dark with God 

Than to walk alone in the light ; 
Better to walk with God by faith 
Than to walk alone by sight. 

PRAYER 

Our Gracious God and Father in Heaven, 
whether Thou dost appoint for us poverty or 
riches, save us from thinking that a man s life 
consisteth in the abundance of the things which 
he possesseth. Beyond all our friendships, be 
Thou our Friend and Helper, and grant us to 
seek first the blessing of our God. Make us 
very sure, for their comforting and our own, 
that when men in their darkness sorely seek 
Thy face, the very ache of their quest is token 
that Thou hast already found them. For Jesus 
sake. Amen. 



"And Moses said, I will now 
turn aside and see this great sight. 
(EXODUS iii. 3.) 

XXVII 
WONDER 

MOSES, adds one commentator significantly, was 
then eighty years of age. By the ordinary 
standards, he was an old man, yet he had not 
lost his youthful sense of wonder. It is a good 
sign, the best of signs, when a man has lived so 
long and yet finds wonder in his heart. It is a 
bad sign when a man at any age, or when a 
generation of men, find nothing in all God s 
world to wonder at. 

Yet in many quarters it is regarded as the cor 
rect attitude to refrain from expressing surprise at 
anything, no matter how striking. The utmost con 
cession to be made to what is really wonderful is a 
languid and patronising " Really? " That is always 
a pitiful thing. For where there is no wonder there 
can be no religion worthy of the name. 

The instinct of worship and the instinct of 
wonder are very intimately related. And where 
the one has died, the other cannot be in a very 
healthy state. "I had rather," said Ruskin 
once, " live in a cottage and wonder at every- 



170 Wonder 

thing, than live in Warwick Castle and wonder 
at nothing." And his preference is to be com 
mended. For he who has never wondered has 
never thought about God in any way to be called 
thinking. 

It was our Lord Himself who said that the 
ideal of religion was the child- like heart. Every 
one knows that these little people are always 
being brought to a halt to wonder at something. 
And Heaven is in very truth nearer to them 
then, and they are more truly filled with its 
spirit, than either you or I are when the glory 
and bloom of this world unfold before our eyes, 
or the thought of the Infinite and Eternal God 
comes to us and we have not felt impelled to 
bow our heads in silence and worship, spell 
bound, and in a godly fear. 

It is not hard to lay one s finger on some of 
the causes that have brought about this state 
of things. A silly fashion, for one cause, has 
decreed that wonder is vulgar. Why that should 
be so, no one can tell. But if there be higher 
intelligences than ours in God s Universe, and 
they see the sons of men, as they have plenty of 
chances to do, casting an indifferent glance at 
the full pomp and majesty of the setting sun, 
or reading such a Psalm as the 103rd with an 
untouched heart, how they must marvel indeed ! 



Wonder 171 

And then, of course, familiarity tends to blunt 
the sense of wonder in a certain and common 
type of mind. The best men have always resisted 
that tendency and recognised that it works 
harm to life and character. They have remem 
bered to look for God in the common and familiar, 
and that is a search that goes far to make a man 
a saint, just because it is a continual prayer, a 
continual holding open of the heart to God. His 
answer is to fill the wondering heart, bit by bit, 
with Himself. 

Ignorance, too, is often a cause, the kind of 
ignorance that calls itself knowledge. It is an 
innocent delusion on the part of the youth 
ful tyro in Science that after he has made a 
little experiment with a prism and a beam of 
sunlight, there is nothing wonderful in the rain 
bow. Pure, profound Science on the other 
hand, speaks very humbly and wonders all the 
while. 

Nature is dumb and silent concerning the 
Infinite behind it to him who goes but to catalogue 
and dissect. Take a heart that can wonder 
with you on your country-walk, open your eyes 
and look, open your heart like a child and listen, 
and you will find, as Moses found, that even in 
a bush there may be the Voice of God. Hold 
the door of your heart ajar in simple wonder, 



172 Wonder 

and some thing of God will enter to cleanse and 
freshen it, as the hot and dusty street is washed 
by the rain from Heaven. 

Just as he who goes to Nature with a heart 
that cannot wonder, will find no message there 
for him, so he who looks out upon the sanctities 
of home, of human life and love, in that dull 
mood of mere acceptance, must often find himself 
hard pressed for material when he makes his 
thanksgiving to God. George Eliot has spoken 
somewhere of the agony of the thought that 
we can never atone to the dead for the stinted 
affection we gave them, for the " little reverence 
we showed to that sacred human soul that lived 
so close to us, and was the divinest thing God 
has given us to know." The divinest thing 
God has given us to know ! 

Have we realised that that gift of God to us 
lives now in the same home with us ? Do you 
know what it is ? It is a wife s devotion, a 
mother s care, a brother s comradeship, a sister s 
love. It is the trust and affection of little children, 
and the patience of those who love us. And 
yet there have been men judge ye if this be 
not true who have lived close to gifts of God 
like these, and taken them all unquestioned 
and never wondered at the undeserved bounty 
of them or their continuance from day to day. 



Wonder 173 

How easy it is to discover the gifts and charm 
of a stranger, how easy to wonder at that ! But 
to wonder at the sacrifice and the patience of 
the love that dwells under the same roof with us, 
and stoops, in Mrs Browning s happy phrase, 
" to the level of each day s most quiet need," 
how few of us do that ! And yet, without daily 
wonder, how can we be sure that we do not slight 
it, or requite it ill, how can we truly give our 
thanks to God whose gift it is ? 

Most important of all, he who brings no wonder 
in his heart can never be touched with the sense 
of God. The lack of the great deep and awful 
wonder of our fathers in all their thought and 
speech about God, has brought it about that our 
religious speech to-day is too often either super 
ficial, flippant and easy, or syllogistic, mechanical, 
and hard. It is the absence of wonder that tempts 
men to imagine that God can be enclosed in any 
formula whatever, or brought to the hearts of 
men in so many rigid propositions. If men 
would but give their wonder expression when they 
frame their creeds, there would be less chafing 
where the edges are too sharp. 

I am bound to confess that my sympathies are 
altogether with a working man who once listened 
to a fervid evangelist at a street corner unfolding 
a scheme of salvation as clean-cut and mechanical 



174 Wonder 

as a problem of Euclid, and buttonholed him 
afterwards to inquire if he had ever read any 
astronomy. No, he said, he had not. That s 
a pity," said the artisan, " for, eh, man, but ye 
have an awfu wee God." In all reverence, my 
brothers, that is what the absence of wonder 
brings us to, a small God, a small salvation, and 
a merely mechanical Christ. 

Men have sometimes asked what that child 
hood of the Kingdom is on which Jesus laid so 
much stress, and some have taken it to mean 
renunciation of intellect and reason in favour 
of a Church s dogma. But it means, says John 
Kelman, something far more human and more 
beautiful " it means wonder and humility and 
responsiveness, the straight gaze of childhood 
past conventionalities, the simplicity of a mind 
open to any truth, and a heart with love alive 
in it." That is surely right. That is what 
becoming a little child in Christ s sense does 
mean. First of all, wonder. 

PRAYER 

Almighty and eternal God, Creator and Ruler 
of the Universe, dwelling in light that is inacces 
sible and full of glory, whom no man hath seen 
or can see, what is man that Thou art mindful 
of him, and the son of man that Thou visitest 



Wonder 175 

him ? Behold what manner of love the Father 
hath bestowed upon us that we should be called 
the sons of God ! Such knowledge is too wonder 
ful for us ; it is high, we cannot attain unto it. 
O come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel 
before the Lord our Maker. Amen. 



" If ye then, being evil, know 
. . . how much more . . . youv 
heavenly Father." 

(LuKE xi. 13.) 

XXVIII 
THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD 

IF it were a conceivable thing that we had to 
part with all the words of Scripture save one, 
and if we were allowed to choose that one, there 
are some of us who would elect to retain that 
great declaration of Jesus " If ye being evil 
know . . . how much more . . . your heavenly 
Father." For, having that, we should still be 
rich in knowledge of the Love and Father 
hood of God. We should still know Christ s 
dominating conception of God, and have His last 
and highest word regarding Him. We should 
still be able to rise, as Jesus not only warrants 
but invites us to do, from the little broken arc 
of true fatherhood on earth to the perfect 
round in Heaven. 

At the warm reassuring touch of that " How 
much more your heavenly Father " whole systems 
of brainy divinity vanish away ! The truth of 
the Fatherhood of God, vouched for and lived 
on by Jesus, kills men s hard and unworthy and 
hurtful thoughts about God as sunshine kills the 

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177 



creatures that breed and prevail in darkness and 
ignorance. They can no more live alongside 
of a realisation that Christ s name for God is 
His true name, and really describes His attitude 
to all the sons of men, than the dark, creepy 
things that live under the stone can remain there 
when you turn it over and let in the air and the 
light. 

But, say some, you must not carry the truth 
of God s Fatherhood too far. What is too far ? 
I ask. I want to carry it, and I believe Christ 
means us to carry it, as far as ever it will stretch, 
and that is " as far as the East is from the West." 
Think of a father s GOOD-WILL. It is conceivable 
that other men may do you a deliberate wrong. 
But you are entitled to believe that your father 
won t. You may not understand what he pro 
poses, but you can be quite sure that he means 
only your good. Henry Drummond tells how \ 
his early days were made miserable by the con- j 
ception he had of God as of some great staring 
Eye in the heavens watching all he did. But 
that is a policeman s eye, not a father s. 

There are many tokens that, even yet, we 
have not realised what these blessed words of 
Jesus mean and imply. A mother vainly trying 
to answer the old, old question why her little 
one was taken from her, will say, " Perhaps I 
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178 The Fatherhood of God 

was too fond of him." Or, should sudden 
sorrow come, the explanation suggested by the 
troubled one himself is, " I was too happy." 
There are plenty of people who are afraid to 
declare that they feel very well or are very 
happy, in case the upper Powers should hear and 
send trouble, apparently out of sheer malice ! 
" Bethankit, what a bonny creed ! " Oh ! what 
a dreadful caricature of God ! How it must 
pain the Father to hear His children talking 
so! 

There is another mark of fatherhood, as we 
know it on earth COMPASSION, pity, the willing 
ness to forgive. There is no forgiveness on 
earth like a father s or a mother s, none so 
willing, none that will wait so long and yet give 
itself without stint at last. Pity, as the world 
of business and of ordinary relationship knows 
it, is at best a transient emotion. It murmurs 
a few easy words and then forgets. But parent 
love suffereth long and is kind, hopes against 
hope, and waits and is still hopeful when every 
one else has written the offender down irreclaim 
able. It is such compassion and pity for us 
sinners, how great soever our sins be, that 
Jesus would have us come for to God in Heaven. 

But will not men abuse such patience and long- 
suffering ? it is asked. Is it not a risky thing 






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to tell them that God is our Father ? It is. 
But it is the risk that Love takes cheerfully, 
and that only Love can take. And when men talk 
lightly and complacently about the great mercy 
of God, there is something, I think, which they 
have forgotten, namely, that at the heart of the 
divine Fatherly forgiveness there lies the shadow 
of the Cross. I do not say that in any conven 
tional sense. I say it because I have seen for 
myself that at the heart of all true earthly for 
giveness of a fatherly sort there lies this same 
mysterious shadow. Shall not the father for 
give his returning prodigal ? Yea, verily, and 
with all his heart. But, ah, before that, think 
how the father has suffered with his son, and for 
his son. The prodigal s shame is the father s 
shame too, and lies heavy on his heart. And it 
is out of a chamber where he and that pain have 
long been companions that the earthly father 
issues to welcome and receive at last the lad who 
has sought his face penitent and in his right mind. 
The welcome is real. The forgiveness is full and 
free. And yet behind it there is sacrifice. The 
price of it is suffering. Aback of it lies the 
Cross ! That is what silences cheap thinking 
and glib speech about the forgiveness of God. 
If God s long-suffering be like a father s here, it 
is, first, long suffering. 



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The danger, however, is not that we abuse 
God s grace knowingly and in callous complac 
ency. Far more is it, I think, that we never 
actually accept and realise and build our lives 
upon the gracious compassion of the Heavenly 
Father and His willingness to forgive. 

Every parent ought to know Coventry Pat- 
more s beautiful lyric, " The Toys." In it a 
father tells how, when his little son had been 
disobedient again and again, he struck him, and 
sent him with hard words and unkissed to bed 
"his mother, who was patient, being dead." 
And when, later, he went upstairs to see him, he 
found him asleep, his lashes still wet with tears, 
and what touched him most on a table beside 
\his bed all his little treasures heaped together 
to comfort his sad heart a box of counters, and 
a red- veined stone, a piece of glass abraded by 
the beach, and six or seven shells, a bottle with 
blue bells, and two French copper coins all his 
little store of precious things. 



So when that night I prayed 

To God, I wept and said 

" Ah, when at last we lie with tranced breath, 

Not vexing Thee in death, 

And Thou rememberest of what toys 

We made our joys, 

How weakly understood 

Thy great commanded good, 



The Fatherhood of God 181 

Then, fatherly not less 

Than I, whom Thou hast moulded from the clay, 

Thou It leave Thy wrath and say : 

I will be sorry for their childishness. " 

One word more about our Father s SILENCE. 
Our fathers here on earth had their silences when 
we were children. We asked him for something 
that we wanted very much. And he gave no 
reply. We went on asking. We expected to 
get what we had set our hearts on. He heard 
us hoping and believing that this good thing 
would come to us, and he held his peace. But 
we knew that silence, and we trusted it. We were 
quite sure that he would have told us if we were 
deceiving ourselves, that his gift, when it came, 
would, at least, not be a mere mockery of our hopes . 
, And I often think of these words of Christ s, 
I " If a son shall ask bread of any of you tnat is a 
v father, will he give him a stone ? " when I stand 
by a graveside, and speak the words of radiant 
hope with which we lay our beloved to rest. Our 
Father hears us speak that hope. He has heard 
hearts in an agony through all the generations 
wish that it might be true that this bleak fact 
of Death is not the end, but only the beginning 
of a better thing. But He keeps silence. We 
have no sure proof, only the blessed hope of the 
Christian evangel. 



182 The Fatherhood of God 

He keeps silence. But, my brethren, can we 
not trust that silence since it is our Father s ? 
We have asked this bread in our pain and through 
our tears. We have asked it because it seems 
to us we need it so. And whatever gift His 
silence hides, this at least is certain, it is not, it 
cannot be, only a stone. 

PRAYER 

Almighty God, who through Jesus Christ has 
taught us to call Thee our Father, we thank Thee 
that Thou hast chosen a name so dear to us to 
reveal Thy care and Love. When our way is dark 
and our burden is heavy and our hearts are per 
plexed, grant us the grace to know that Thou 
who art directing every step of our journey art 
a God of Love, and Thy true and perfect Name 
is Our Father in Heaven. Through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. Amen. 



" Whosoever will lose his 
life for my sake shall find it." 
(MATTHEW xvi. 25.) 

XXIX 

THE UNRETURNING BRAVE 

(EASTER DAY, 1915) 

CHRISTMAS in war time was like an evil dream. 
Easter is like a breath from Heaven itself, a 
wind from the pure and blessed heights of God 
blowing the clouds of battle-smoke apart for a 
brief space so that we all may see again that 
beyond the smoke and beyond grim death itself 
there is the Life Enduring, a Divine Love com 
pared to which ours at the best is untender and 
hard, a Fatherly welcome beside which welcomes 
here are faint and cold. This is the strangest 
Easter Day the world has ever known, yet never 
have the thousands and thousands of stricken 
homes and sore hearts needed more the living 
hope that is begotten anew in the Christian 
Church this day by our Lord s rising again from 
the dead. It is assuredly of God s mercy that 
Easter should fall in these days, when so many 
fathers and mothers, wives and sisters and lovers 
need its hope and comfort so. 

NOTE. I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness to Sir Wm. 
Robertson Nicoll s " When the Wounded Go Home," a tender 
and courageous message. 

183 



184 The Unreturning Brave 

We cannot but think to-day of the many, 
many homes in our own. and other lands from 
which strong and brave men marched away 
weeks or months ago, because they had heard 
the call, and were willing to make the supreme 
sacrifice for righteousness* sake, who will never 
come back again, who have died a soldier s death 
and sleep in a soldier s grave fathers, husbands, 
sons, lovers, gallant men, dear lads, cheerful, 
willing, dauntless. You find their names by the 
hundred and the thousand in the casualty lists, 
but the loss you cannot measure unless you could 
see all the shadowed homes. How many such 
homes there are in our own land alone, How 
many such in our own little circle ! 

Try to realise that, and then ask if a more 
gracious message could fall upon all these hearts 
to-day than the Easter message of the Christian 
Church, that there is no death and that its 
seeming victory is not a victory. The old, old 
question, If a man die shall he live again ? is 
answered to-day by the triumphant Yes ! of 
Christendom. Yes, he never ceases to live. 
From the inferno of the battlefield the mortally 
stricken do but pass across the bridge and stream 
of death to God s Other Side. When they fall 
in battle, they fall into His everlasting Arms. 
They do not die. They are not dead. It is only 



The Unreturning Brave 185 

their poor mortal bodies that the shrieking shells 
can maim or destroy. They themselves, the real 
self and spirit of them, no material force can hurt, 
for that belongs to a higher kingdom than the 
visible, and its true goal and home are not here 
at all. 

To all who are sitting in darkness and in the 
shadow of death in these days, to all who have 
watched their beloved go out where every true 
man would wish to go, and know only too surely 
that they shall never return, to these to-day 
Jesus Christ has His Word to speak, and would 
that all might hear it and give it room in their 
hearts to do its blessed work ! It is to Him we 
owe it, and He is our authority for believing that 
beyond the darkness and separation of death 
there is the morning of a new and fairer day. 
The valley of the Shadow, yea, the valley of 
battle itself opens out again at its far end to the 
sun s rising and the untrammelled life in the light 
and liberty of God. The happy warrior is borne \ 
by gentle hands to God s own land of peace, 
where the fret and fury of battle slip from him 
like a discarded garment, and beside the still 
waters of that better country he finds healing for 
his hurt. It is that quiet and blessed hope that 
is being reborn in our hearts this day as the 
Church keeps her festival of a Risen and a Living 



186 The Unreturning Brave 

Christ. It is that lively hope the Church offers 
for comfort to all stricken homes and to every 
sorrowing heart. 

They offered themselves, these gallant lads, 
not for anything they hoped to gain, but for 
the sake of honour and liberty, of justice and 
righteousness. And when a man casts himself 
on God in that fashion, offering not the words 
of his lips, nor the homage of his worship, but him 
self, all that he has, his life and all that life holds 
for him, think you that upon that poor soul, with 
his priceless offering borne humbly in his hands, 
the God and Father of us all is going to turn His 
back ? "He that loseth his life/ said Jesus, 
" for my sake shall find it." 

There are times when the most gracious doctrine 
is not gracious enough to represent and embody 
the Spirit of Christ to us. We want something 
more, and we often seek it and sometimes find 
it in poetry, in art, or, best of all, in the silence of 
our own hearts when God-given instinct whispers 
what no words or doctrine can ever express. 
Such a time is now. Such a need is ours to-day. 

I make no defence of it theologically, and I ask 
no man to accept it who does not feel it clamour 
ing at his heart for entrance, but I confess that 
for me a couple of lines of John Hay s in his 
" Pike County Ballads " strike a note which all 



The Unreturning Brave 187 

that I know in my heart of the Spirit of Christ 
leaps up to welcome and approve. It is when he 
has told the story of Jim Bludso s sacrifice. Jim 
was engineer on the " Prairie Belle," a river- 
steamboat, and he was rather a rough, careless 
man. But when the steamer took fire, it was 
Jim who held her against the bank till everybody 
got safely off except himself. With eyes wide 
open to what he did, he sacrificed his life to save 
the other souls on board. Hay sums up in these 
lines : 

" And Christ ain t going to be too hard 
On a man that died for men." 

I leave it there. I trust I am a loyal son of the 
Church, but I must have a place in my creed 
somewhere for the hope which these lines express 
that Christ ain t going to be too hard on a man 
that died for men. 

But there is something more to be said. Every 
chaplain at the front tells us that the most care 
less and irreligious youths and men take up 
a wonderfully different attitude out there. Men 
pray in the trenches who have never prayed 
before. I heard some stories recently that 
brought tears to my eyes, of brave and simple 
confessions made at little gatherings for prayer 
in strange places, by some of those very lads 
whom we reckoned indifferent and heedless before 



i88 The Unreturning Brave 

they left home. And some of then, turning their 
faces simply and earnestly, and by an old, old 
instinct of the heart, towards God and His Christ 
before the battle broke upon them, some of them 
have fallen on the field ! 

Many, many more there must be who turned 
them Godwards even at the eleventh hour in one 
brief upward glance to ask forgiveness and strength 
to play the man, about whom no chaplain can 
report, for no one knows or saw or heard save 
Christ Himself. But there s a glorious page in 
the Gospel to assure us beyond all doubt or 
question that no one who makes that appeal, 
though it be the dying thief himself, ever makes 
it in vain. 

And there we leave the issue with God, who 
is kinder than our kindest, and whose mercy is 
from everlasting. It is He who has brought us 
this blessed hope, through His Son, this Easter 
Day, and we honour His gift best by taking it 
in all its breadth and comfort to our hearts. To 
the broken-hearted wife or mother, to whom the 
bald War Office report has come, let us take this 
comfort, " Your beloved is not dead. God has 
him in His gracious care and keeping till the day 
break and the shadows flee away." For that is 
the Easter message, God be thanked. And this 
is Easter Day. 



The Unreturning Brave 189 

/ 

PRAYER 

To Thy merciful care and keeping we commend 
all the sons and daughters of affliction, and especi 
ally those who in this great contest have lost some 
loved one. Grant that even through their tears 
they may discern the glory that belongs to 
those who have given their lives a ransom for 
many. Be Thou their help and their strength, 
and may the sympathy of all who know them 
be for them an earnest and token of Thy great 
Love and Compassion. Through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. Amen. 



" The heavens declare the 
glory of God." 

(PSALM xix. i.) 



XXX 

THE SACRAMENT OF SUNSET 

" THE sky," says Ruskin, " is the part of Nature 
in which God has done more for the sake of 
pleasing man, more from the sole and evident 
purpose of touching him, than in any other of 
His works." It looks like the truth. For there 
is no scene of earth so fair or majestic that 
man cannot spoil it. Where the " cataract exults 
among the hills, and wears its crown of rainbows 
all alone," he will build him a power-house to 
supply current to some distant town. But he 
cannot touch the heavens. In the heart of 
some fairy glen he will placard the virtues of 
somebody s pills, and plaster the gate-posts in a 
sweet country lane with the specious claims of 
some quack doctor, but above it all, it is God, and 
God alone, who spreadeth out the heavens like 
a curtain and in them has set a tabernacle for 
the sun. Even in places where the face of earth 
wears no suggestion of natural beauty the face 
of the sky redeems it from evil. For, above the 
squalor of the city s meanest slum, burn the great 

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The Sacrament of Sunset 191 

fires of the setting sun, and overhead the fleecy 
white clouds sail silently all night long. 

But* of it all, the glory of the sunset is chief. 
The dawn has its cold splendours too, but not 
many of us are there to see it when it is at its 
best. It is at eventide, when the work of the day 
is done, and the spell of its restfulness lays the 
senses open, it is then chiefly that God unfolds 
these splendid harmonies of colour in the western 
heavens. And, by consent, on this Ayrshire 
coast, on which I look out as I write, these glories 
can be seen to great advantage. It is into no 
flat expanse of water that the dying sun sinks 
here. The peaks and crags of Arran invest its 
passage with an indescribable pomp and majesty, 
standing out against it like the massive pillars 
of some giant gateway of the West. It is never 
twice the same. Sometimes lurid and blazing, 
with masses of thunder-cloud piled high, all their 
outer edges rimmed with fire ; and, next night, 
peaceful and level, a study in straight lines, 
as if the great Artist, with even brush, had 
washed the sky with bands of grey and blue and 
gold. Each evening God has His own picture 
for us, His own handiwork, unspoiled by man. 
How many of us ever pause to recognise its 
beauty ? What does it mean that such a pro 
digality of harmonious colours should be the 



The Sacrament of Sunset 

most ordinary feature of our evening hour ? 
Is it that God Himself takes delight in the beauty 
of it all, for its own sake, rejoicing, like all good 
workmen, in the work of His hands ? Or has 
He some purpose with regard to His children of 
mankind ? Is it, as Ruskin says, for the sake 
of pleasing man ? How unthankful and unmind 
ful we are, if that be so ! 

The sunset teaches us to put together these 
two ideas beauty, beyond the wit of man to 
portray, and God. There is plenty of ugliness 
and sin in the world, and the life of men. Man 
himself recognises how much of the beauty that 
might have been has been marred and disfigured 
by him. Yet in his heart he worships it, and 
feels after it afar off. And in the evening sky it 
is written that Beauty belongeth supremely unto 
God. 

Whatever that far-off divine event be, to which 
the whole creation moves, one of its features shall 
be, must be, a beauty which shall fully satisfy. 
For beauty and God cannot be divorced. And 
when, of an evening, God for His own good 
pleasure, working with those material elements 
which have no power to disobey His behests, 
unfolds His will in such dazzling visions of 
splendour, is He not declaring that the end and 
goal of life itself, when His purpose therewith 



The Sacrament of Sunset 193 

is completed, and Man, too, has fallen into har 
mony with His will, shall be fair, and satisfying, 
and beautiful ? 

Let us not be afraid to say and believe that 
God speaks to us in the sunset. If I pick up the 
receiver of a telephone and hear my friend an 
nounce some good news that fills my heart with 
gladness, it does not disturb me to remember 
that the wire itself has no power to speak. For 
I feel that somewhere at the end of the wire is a 
mind and a heart like my own who is using the 
dead, soulless wire as a medium of speech with 
me. When the glories of the sun s setting fall 
upon your heart like a benediction, stirring you 
to devout and grateful thought, breathing peace 
upon you, cleansing your desires of all that is 
mean and sordid, do not be afraid to believe that, 
behind and beyond all that is material and visible, 
there is the Mind and Heart in whose image yours 
was made, whose gift peace is, whose whisper, 
though it come along dead ether-waves to reach 
you, is His whisper nevertheless. 

It is perhaps natural that the prevailing quality 
of the thoughts that arise within us when we 
watch the setting sun should be pensive, tender, 
and, not seldom, a little sad. For it speaks of 
the end of the day and the coming night. Its 
charm and spell are like that of autumn, the 

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194 The Sacrament of Sunset 

remembrance of what has gone, the tender grace 
of a day that is dead. For all the beauty and 
wonder of this world, there is a tear at the 
heart of things. Beneath all our laughter and 
happiness there lies that deeper note. The night 
cometh. There is an end to it all friendship, 
love, happiness, work, life itself. 

" For be the long day never so long, 
At last it ringeth to evensong." 

And yet, and yet, my brothers, the end is 
beautiful, more beautiful even than the be 
ginning. God has made the day s death to be 
exceeding fair. The sun passes gloriously to 
its rest. Hopefully too, for, passing thus, it 
promises a new and fairer morning. So do 
God s children die. 

PRAYER 

O Lord our God, who hast written Thy Word 
of hope and promise in the evening sky, be near 
us when our day is done, and the wind has 
fallen silent, and the night is waiting. Put us 
to sleep in a chamber of peace whose windows 
open toward the sun rising, and, when we awake, 
may we be still with Thee. For Jesus sake. 
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THE GREAT STONE FACE. By NATHANIEL HAW 
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BOEHME. THE SUPERSENSUAL LIFE. By JACOB 
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WORKS BY BISHOP PHILLIPS BROOKS. 

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CONTENTS. 

THE MAKING OF THB SERMON. 
THE CONGREGATION. 
THE MINISTRY FOR OUR AGE. 
THE VALUE OF THE HDMAN SOUL. 
Methodist Times." We have more 
than once commended this delightful 
book. There Is no preacher, hardly any 
public speaker, who can tead these lectures 
without learning something profitable. 
We wish all our preachers could own. and 
make their own, the sterling truth or this 



THE Two ELEMENTS IN PREACHING. 
THE PREACHER HIMSKLF. 
THE PREACHER IN His WORK. 
THE IDEA OF THE SERMON. 
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and re-reading by young clergy. They 
can haidly study the great preacher s 
methods without learning much, very 



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PHILLIPS BROOKS WORKS continued. 

THE INFLUENCE OF JESUS. The Bohlen Lectures. 
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CONTENTS. 

THB IXFLT;ENCB or JESCS ox 

THE EMOTIONAL LIFR OF MAN. 
THB INFLUENCB OF JESCS ON 

THE INTELLECTUAL LIFE OF MA*T. 
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THB iKFLrENca or JESUS OR 

THE MORAL Lira OF MAM, 
THE INFLDENCB or JESCS OK 
THB Scc M. LTF OF MAM. 
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Mr Allenson has given us a new and 
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THE PURPOSE AND USE OF COMFORT. A Sermon 
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AN EASTER SERMON (Rev. i. 17 and 18). By 
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THE LIFE WITH GOD. A Sermon by PHILLIPS BROOKS. 
Addressed to business men. [Fourth Edition. 

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BROWN, n. M. FORTY BIBLE LESSONS AND 
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Fourth Edition. Postage id. [Heart and Life Booklets. 

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encouragement to those who have entered ; given In the section The Death of Children 
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A FINE HISTORICAL ROMANCE. 

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TWELVE INSPIRING ALLEGORICAL STORIES. 

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out being too obtrusive. We thank I comes across a book for the Sunday hour 
the author for the book, which will be with children that one can recommend 
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The Methodist Times." Rarely 
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DINWOODIE. ILLUSTRATED SERMON OUTLINES 
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The title indicates the nature and purpose of this book. It is divided into 
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Aberdeen Journal. " The material 
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Christian Commonwealth. " His 
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London Quarterly Review. 
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THE RELIGION OF A GENTLEMAN. By C. F. DOLE, 
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WORKS BY CHARLES F. DOLE, D.D. continued. 

THE THEOLOGY OF CIVILIZATION. By CHARLES 

F. DOLE, D.D. Second Edition. Crown 8vo, 33. 6d. net. 

SOME OF THE CONTENTS. 



THB REALM or DOUBT. j GREAT QUESTIONS. 
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THE UNIVERSE. j BEGINNINGS or PERSON- 

THE WORLD OF OPPOSITES. ALITY. 

THOROUGH-GOING THEISM. THE COST OF PERSONALITY. 



THE RELIGION OF THE 
CHILD AND OF THE 
MAN. 

TUB PROCESS OF, CIVILIZA 
TION. 



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be found in this book. It is now issued to a wider circle in confidence that it 
will be found a practical addition to the Christian worker s study-table 

Christian World. " A welcome reinforcement." 

British Congregationalist. " The great claim of this book is Its freshness." 

Guide. " A very helpful book of apt illustrations." 



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A FINE POCKET COMPANION. 

DUFF. ILLUMINATIVE FLASHES. Compiled by 
JAMES DUFF, Lay Missionary of the Barclay U.F. Church 
Edinburgh. Neat Cloth, Fcap 8vo, is. net 

A new collection of 300 very useful illustrations for Christian Workers. All 
have been used with effect in Mr Duffs own work. 

A SPLENDID VOLUME OF ADDRESSES. 

EAMES. THE SHATTERED TEMPLE, and other 
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tions. By the Rev. JOHN EAMES, M.A., Author of " Sermons 
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It is thirteen years since Mr Eames former book appeared, which won for 
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Dundee Courier. " A fascinating set of addresses to young people, always inter 
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and excellent appreciation of the points which go to secure attention." 

Morning Rays. " Their characteristic note is straightness." 

SERMONS TO BOYS AND GIRLS. By 

JOHN EAMES, B.A. With complete index. Second Edition. 
Crown 8vo, is. 6d. net; postage 3d. 

Methodist Times." Examples of what children s addresses ought to be simple 
|o language- bat pointed In teaching." 

Liverpool Post. " The Illustrations made use of are excellent and instructive, and 
always help to fix the point they illustrate on the memory." 

ECKHART. SERMONS BY MEISTER ECKHART. 
Fcap. 8vo, 6d. net ; cloth, is. net ; leather, 2s. net ; postage id. 

[Heart and Life Booklets 

This is the first time a selection of this great German preacher and mystic 
has appeared in English. 

Dr Alexander White writes : " This delightful little book will Introduce Meister 
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Evangelical preaching in what we ignorantly call the dark ages. You are doing a 
great service by your dne Booklets." 

SOME FRESH GOOD STORIES. 

EDDISON. TALES THE OLD GOVERNESS TOLD. 
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trated, 2s. 6d. net; by post 2s. lod. 

British Weekly. " The old gover- , Parents Review. "The old gover 
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Great Thoughts." The children will Schoolmaster. " Children under 

love the old governess, and remember j ten years of age will be enraptured 

all her tales." ! wlth the book - 



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WORKS BY REV. CHARLES EDWARDS. 
PINS AND PIVOTS. Outlines of Addresses and Bible 

Readings. By Rev. CHAS. EDWARDS. Fcap. 8vo, is. net 
Dundee Advertiser. "The kernel of many an attractive speech will be found In 
these pages." 

TIN TACKS FOR TINY FOLKS, and other Outline 
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Birds. By Rev. C. EDWARDS. Crown 8vo, 2s. 6d. net. 
The above book has been reprinted separately in the form of the tw 
next-mentioned books at is. 6d. net and is. net respectively. 
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Local Preachers Magazine. " We could wish this handbook were placed In 
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dant helpful Ideas, and just the kind to kindle thought" 

TIN TACKS FOR TINY FOLKS. By Rev. C EDWARDS. 

Third Edition. Handsome cloth, crown 8vo, is. 6d. net. 
BIRD LESSONS FOR THE BAIRNS. A Series of 
Twelve Talks on Birds. By the Rev. CHARLES EDWARDS, 
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This book previously formed part of "Tin Tacks for Tiny Folks," at 25. 6d. 
Belfast News Letter. " Likely to be helpful to many Christian workers." 
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A BOX OF NAILS FOR BUSY CHRISTIAN WORKERS. 
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The Christian. " Here are Nails of many sorts. The pages abound in material 
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The Sunday School Chronicle. " Living and suggestive. There Is an unfafUnf 
point, a keen edge about these outlines, as well as a genuine and earnest spirituality. * 

WORKS EDITED BY JOHN ELLIS. 
OUTLINES AND ILLUSTRATIONS. For Preachers, 
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of Addresses, Bible Readings, and Sunday School Talks, 
together with over 250 Illustrations and Incidents. Com 
piled by J. ELLIS. Being " Tool Basket," " Seed Basket," 
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8vo, 2s. 6d. net. 

The Christian. " Here Is the scaffold- Local Preachers Magazine. "A 
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dresses." ; matter. Excellent In spirit and sugges- 

The Methodist Times. " We have ! Uveness," 
so frequently referred to these books In I 

our columns that we need not do more ; Out and Out. " Hundreds of hints, 
now than wish the little volume the outlines, and illustrations are here sup- 
success It deserves. It Is daintily bound, piled in compact and attractive form. 
of a size convenient for the pocket." A valuable storehouse of good things." 

EVANGELIST S WALLET FOR PREACHERS, 
TEACHERS, AND CHRISTIAN WORKERS. New Series 
of Outlines of Addresses by J. ELLIS, Compiler of " The Tool 
Basket," etc. etc. Thirteenth Thousand. Fcap. 8vo, is. net. 
Methodist Recorder. " In small compass, there is here a great fund of Informa 
tion, methodically arranged, for the use of those whose time or whose libraries an 
limited." 

Local Preacher. " Brimful of excellent suffesttve outline addrewes and aer- 
monettet." 



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WORKS EDITED BY JOHN ELLIS continued. 

THE PREACHER S AND TEACHER S VADE-MECUM. 
A Second Series of " Outlines and Illustrations." Being 
" Evangelist s Wallet," " Outline Sermonettes," and " By Way 
of Illustration," in one volume. Fcap. 8vo, cloth, 2s. 6d. net. 
Expository Times." Right honest and good work, to be despised by nobody." 
Daily News." It might be called Preaching made easy. " 

TOOL BASKET FOR PREACHERS. 300 Outline 
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Air Workers. Compiled by J. ELLIS. Forty-fifth Thousand. 
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Rev. Mark Guy Pearse. " Admirable ; Invaluable to busy workers." 
Methodist Times." Clever, suggestive, valuable, and thoroughly practical." 
Expository Times. " The quality Is very good and the number very great/ 

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of Hope Talks. By J. ELLIS, Editor of " The Tool Basket." 
Thirty-fifth Thousand. Fcap. 8vo, is. net. 



Rev. F. B. Meyer. " Deserves its 
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Primitive Methodist." Three hun 
dred excellent outlines." 



Expository Times." Contains at 
least a year s sermons or address easily 
made and sufficiently worth making your 
own." 



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Methodist Recorder. " A choice and well-arranged collection of anecdotes 
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Sunday School Chronicle. " Quite a number of the Illustrations are new to us." 

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Local Preachers Magazine. " Wonderfully fresh ; one of the very best com 
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Methodist Sunday School Record. "Will prove a boon." 

TOOLS FOR THE MASTER S WORK. 250 Sermon 
Outlines and Children s Addresses. Collected by J. ELLIS. 
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hints we so often want." 

AN ENCOURAGING BOOK FOR YOUNG MEN AND BOYS. 

ELLIS, J. J. PLUCK, PATIENCE, AND POWER: 
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A stirring itory of self-help. A sensible book te put into the hands of 
lads who have any grit in them." 
The City Press says i "A vwfUble romance." 



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EMERSON. ENGLISH TRAITS. By R. W. EMERSON. 

Fine cheap edition of these famous Essays. Demy 8vo, 6d. ; 

by post 8d. [Allenson s Sixpenny Series. 

ENTWISTLE. OUTLINE MISSIONARY ADDRESSES. 

By EMILY E. ENTWISTLE, Author of "Through the Gate 

Beautiful," "The Steep Ascent," etc. Neat cloth, f cap. 8vo, 

is. net ; postage 2d. 

The growing interest in Foreign Missions is sufficient excuse, if any is 
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series of Outlines and Addresses for Christian Workers. Miss Entwistle is 
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for both teachers and speakers. 

EVANGELISTIC GRINDSTONES. Methods of Work by 
Church Army Workers. See under Davey, page 9. 

EVAKS. A PRIMER OF FREE CHURCH HISTORY. 
By A. JOHNSON EVANS, M.A. Cheap edition, stifl paper 
wrapper, 6d. net. Postage 2d. 
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23. net ; postage id. [Heart and Life Booklets. 

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FENELON. THE MAXIMS OF THE SAINTS. By 

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" One of the most Interesting of Messrs A lenson s excellent series." 
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MEDITATIONS FOR A MONTH. By 
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FEEETH. THE TRUE THEOLOGY. By J. T. FREETH. 
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post as. 3d. [Second Edition. 

Oxford Chronicle," How good and eloquent and even stirring the harvest sermon 

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GIBBON. THE FOUR LAST THINGS. Four Sermoni 
on Death, Judgment, Hell, Heaven. By Rev. J. M. GIBBON. 
Fcap. 8vo, is. net ; by post is. 2d. 
Methodist Times." Lucid, fresh, and thoughtful sermons." 
NEW VOLUME BY R. C. GILLIE. 

GILLIE. WHAT I SAID TO THE CHILDREN. 
Sunday Morning Addresses to Young Folk. By Rev. R. C. 
GILLIE, M.A., Author of "Little Sermons to the Children," 
"Little Talks on Temperance." Cloth, fcap. 8vo, is. netj 
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Scotsman. "Ministers who have difficulty hi preaching to children will find 
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Sheffield Independent. " The shilling Is a nominal price. There are twenty 
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REALLY GOOD TEMPERANCE ADDRESSES. 

LITTLE TALKS ON TEMPERANCE. By the 

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GREAT SOULS LIBRARY OF DEVOTION. 

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A DAILY MESSAGE FROM MANY ANDREWES PRIVATE DEVOTIONS. 



MINDS. 

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GREAT SOULS AT PRAYER. Four 
teen Centuries of Prayer, Praise, and As 
piration. Edited by M. W. TILESTON. 



Translated by NEWMAN and NEALE. 
THE IMITATION OF CHRIST. By 

THOMAS A KEMPIS. A reprint of the 

edition of 1633. 
THE CHRISTIAN YEAR. By JOHW 

KEBLE. 



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A series of twenty-six most interesting Talks to Children, full of striking 
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Recommended by the Bishop of London. 

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cloth, is. net ; postage 2d. 

WORKS BY DORA GREENWELL. 

CARMINA CRUCIS. Crown 8vo, cloth, 35. 6d. net. First 
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Scotsman. "Among the best religious poetry of the nineteenth century." 
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its message of faith and courage is one that our age greatly needs." 

SELECTED POEMS FROM DORA GREENWELL. 

Chosen and edited, with Introductions, by Miss C. L. MAYNARD. 

Crown 8vo, cloth, 33. 6d. net. 

Newcastle Daily Chronicle." Many who may be temporarily discouraged^ by 
difficulties will find comfort and consolation In these earnest and beautiful poems. 



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DORA GREENWJELL S WORKS continued. 
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THE PATIENCE OF HOPE. Crown 8vo, cloth, 25. 6d.net. 
THE COVENANT OF LIFE AND PEACE: or, A 

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EVERLASTING LOVE AND OTHER SONGS OF 

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GREGORY. AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN 
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The Christian. " A welcome little 
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GTJYON: LIFE OF MADAME. New ed. 6s.net. SzzUpham. 

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A SHORT AND EASY METHOD OF PRAYER. 

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This noble specimen of Madame Guyon s practical, lofty, and inspiring 
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Nearly three millions have been sold of this book in tract form. It is here 
finely presented in a permanent binding and beautifully clear type. 



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Capital Nature Talks. 

HAMILTON. A MOUNTAIN PATH. Forty-four Talks to 
Children. By Rev. JOHN A. HAMILTON. Second Edition. 
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through garden or field may make one sense." 
familiar." 

An Entirely New Volume to Children. 

THE GIANT AND THE CATERPILLAR. 

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THE WONDERFUL RIVER. Sixty-three Talks 

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HAMPDEN. THE CHANGED CROSS, by the Honble. 
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HARFORD. COMFORTABLE WORDS FOR CHRIST S 
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Talks to Children on the War. 

HARVIE THE KING S UNIFORM, and other Addresses 
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Strikinaly Fresh Addresses to Children. 

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go and do likewise." 



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LARGE TYPE. PRETTY GIFTS. 

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THE HEART AND LIFE BOOKLETS. 

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THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS. By 
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A SHORT AND EASY METHOD OF 
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Feiielon helped to circulate this book. 
THE SUPERSENSUAL LIFE. By 
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MEDITATIONS FOR A MONTH. By 
ARCHBISHOP FNELON. A most inter 
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MAXIMS OF THE SAINTS. By ARCH 
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celebrated work on the love of God. 
THE UPWARD WAY. Readings fof 
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FORD. Selected and arranged by Miss 
GREGORY. 
HYMNS OF FAITH AND HOPE. By 

HORATIUS BONAR. Choice selection. 

MEISTER ECKHART S SERMONS. 

Translated by Rev. CLAUD FIELD, M.A. 

ST PAUL. By FREDERIC W. H. MYERS, 

THE APPEARING OF THE GRACE. 

By J , E. SOUTHALL. 

LA PRAKTIKO DE LA APUDESTO 
DE D1O. Esperanto translation of 
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THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST 
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THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE. By MIGUKL 
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SAUL. By ROBERT BROWNING. A fine 
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THE SINNER S FRIEND. By J. V. 
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GATHERED ROSEMARY. FROM GEORGE 
HERBERT S POEMS. Edited by MARY 
BURN. Introduction by Bishop of Hull. 



THE LONELINESS AND SINLESS- 
NESS OF CHRIST. By F. W. ROBERT 
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THE PURPOSE AND USE OF COM 
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AN EASTER SERMON. By PHILLIPS 
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SELECTIONS FROM FABER S HYMNS 
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THE LIFE WITH GOD. By PHILLIPS 
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HUXLEY AND PHILLIPS BROOKS. 
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EASTER DAY. By ROBKRT BROWNING. 
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AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN 
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THE MYSTERY OF PAIN. By JAMES 

HlNTON. 

A PSALTER FOR DAILY USE. Selected 
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EVERLASTING LOVE. Song* of Salva 
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THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE 
OF GOD. Conversations and Sixteen 
Letters of Brother Lawrence. Sweet, 
simple, and practical. 

THE SPIRITUAL MAXIMS OF 
BROTHER LAWRENCE. No edition 
since 1741. 



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BY THE REV. W. H. LEATHEM, M.A. 

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Fine Study of Child Life. 

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HINTON. THE MYSTERY OF PAIN. By JAMES 
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on the blessed life of simple trust and glad 
e style Is fresh and chaste, and the teaching soundly practical." 

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Cloth, is. net ; paper wrapper, 6d. 

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A most suggestive and striking aeries of parables which will be most useful 
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20 H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 

HUMBERSTONE. THE CURE OF CARE. By Rev. 

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HUNT. GOOD WITHOUT GOD: IS IT POSSIBLE? 

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JACK. AFTER HIS LIKENESS. Addresses to Young 

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2s. 9d. Entirely new edition, with Additional Prayers, and 

an Index. [Great Souls Library of Devotion. 

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Forty interesting chapters for Young Children "told in a delightful style." 
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H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 21 

DR J. H. JOWETT S SPLENDID ADDRESSES. 

BR09KS BY THE TRAVELLER S WAY. Twenty-six 
Week-night Addresses. By J. H. JOWETT, M.A., D.D. 
Crown 8vo, 2s. 6d. net. Fourth Edition (Eighth Thousand). 



British Weekly. " Mr Jowett s 
religious addresses need no recommenda 
tion. We know what to expect, and we 
are not disappointed. As of Dr Maclaren, 
so of Mr Jowett, It may be said that 
whenever he treats any religious theme, 
he Invariably sneds fresh light on some 
passage of Scripture. In a sentence (s 
the sure seed of a sermon. 



Glasgow Herald. " Full of life all 
through, they serve to explain thespeaker s 
rapidly acquired reputation, and to 
justify the wisdom of the congregation 
which chose him to occupy the pulpit of 
the late Dr Dale." 

Baptist Times." Many of the ad 
dresses might profitably be extended Into 
long sermons. 1 



THIRSTING FOR THE SPRINGS. By the Rev. J. H. 
JOWETT. A further selection of Twenty-six Addresses delivered 
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Independent (New York). " To read this volume Is to understand why th 
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gives his people of h!s best his best In thought, observation, and reading." 
IMPORTANT FIND IN CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM. 

JULIAN OF NOEWICH, LADY. COMFORTABLE 
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KEBLE. THE CHRISTIAN YEAR. By the Rev. JOHN 
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Life of Faith. "\\J11 be fom?d roost helpful by leaders of Young Women i 
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KNIGHT, Prof. WM. A PSALTER FOR DAILY 
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MOST IMPORTANT BOOK FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS. 

LAMOREAUX. THE UNFOLDING LIFE. A Study of 
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Miss Hetty Lee writes: "Every super 
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Rev. J. Williams Butcher writes: 
PARENTS whose children are young ; 
;ht for 
who 

seek to organise theii schools on the 
most efficient Hnes; and, above all, the 
PRIMARY WORKER who loves but 
hardly understands the Infant, SHOULD 
READ EVERY PAGE OF THIS BOOK 
OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I know 
I am right is my estimate of its value." 



TEACHERS who long to have insight 
their work; SUPERINTENDENTS ^ 



Rev. Carey Bonner writes t " Glad 
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is one of the best guides I know to a 
right understanding of the scholar, so 
essential to ail true teachers." 

Mr Geo. H. Archibald writes ! 
" I have b?n reading The Unfolding 
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charmed 
sound, its 

the book will liud it* way Into tha hands 
of many teach**. I wlsli the fc*k a 
very lapge sale," 



with it. Its psychology is 
5 style illuminative. I hope 



22 H, R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 

LAW. A SERIOUS CALL TO A DEVOUT AND HOLY 
LIFE. By WILLIAM LAW. With Introductory Letter by Dr 
ALEXANDER WHYTE. 188 pages, large clear type, demy 8vo, 
; postage 3d. [Allenson s Sixpenny 



Dr Whyte says In bis letter to the publisher : " It was a red-letter day In my Hfe 
when I first opened William Law, and I feel his hand on my heart, and on my mind, 
and on my conscience, and on my whcle Inner man literally every day I live. How 
could I then but wish you God-speed In putting a cheap edition of Law s 



6d. ; cloth, is.net; postage 3d. [Allenson s Sixpenny Series, 

tter day In my Hfe 
and on my mind, 
day I live. How 
Law s masterpiece 
before the English-reading world"! " 

The Bishop of Oxford says: "Law s Serious Call is an admirable book, of the 
profoundest piety. May I venture to suggest to the clergy that they should both read 
it themselves and make a serious effort to promote the study of it in their parishes." 

LAWRENCE. THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE 
OF GOD. By BROTHER LAWRENCE. New edition. Sixteen 
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This edition of the Conversations and Letters contains an additional Letter 
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BISHOP OF DURHAM S TRIBUTE. 



"The Bishop of Durham cordially 
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Practice of the Presence of God and 
Spiritual Maxims, and Madame Gayon s 
4 Short and Easy Method of Prayer. The 
form and type are admirably suited for 



wide circulation and ready reading." 

Rev. Paul B. Bull writes: 
" Thank yon very much for your beautiful 
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God. I am sure It will be very helpful 
to the religious life of many persons." 



SPIRITUAL MAXIMS OF BROTHER 

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[Heart and Life Booklets. 

No edition of these precious papers has appeared in England since 1741. 
In every way the little volume is the equal of the well-known " Practice." 

love of God by surreptitious little chats 
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door. It Is a book that will warm the 
heart of anyone who sincerely wants to 
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God In the dally life. It Is a pretty little 
volume, daintily got op." 



" A Jewel of religion of the purest water." 
" The devout reader will find a treasure 
In this volume." 

" Brother Lawrence never wrote a book 
or preached a sermon, yet the great 
Archbishop F6nelon would go to refresh 
his own saintly soul and steep It In the 



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Life of Faith. "Mr Leader has achieved a real success. Preachers and teachers 
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H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 23 

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Yorkshire Observer. " Mr Leader understands boys, and his addresses are 
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EEV. JAMES LEARMOUNT S HAPPY VOLUMES. 

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trations. 

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34 H, R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 

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H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 25 

A Very Fresh Boots for Speakers to Children. 

MACKINNON. THE BIBLE ZOO. 34 Talks on Birds, 
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MACLEOD. THE GOLD THREAD. By NORMAN 
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This new issue of Dr Norman Macleod s classic allegory contains all the 
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every voung person. This book ought never to be omitted In choosing prizes. 

McWILLIAM. SPEAKERS FOR GOD. Plain Lectures 
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A Valuable New Apologetic. ~ TT -o 

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Friendly Work.-" Giving full and careful teaching. ^ r> i? A T 

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MARTIN. A CATECHISM ON THE TEACHING OF 
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OUTLINE SERMONETTES ON GOLDEN 

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Sunday School Chronicle. " They are rich In thought, and exceedingly suggestive. 
Many a minister on the lookout for sermon seed might go further and fare worse," 
A CHARMING GIFT BOOK. 

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[Second Edition. 

A choice collection of excerpts from various distinguished writers which 
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Globe. " The collection has clearly been made with the utmost care, and the result 
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Dr Marti neau s Famous Book. 

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Happy Topical Talks to Childran. 

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Fresh anecdotes ; results of a keen observation ; and direct appeal are the 
speciality of this book of Mr McConnell. Introduction by Dr G. H. Morrison. 



H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 27 

MATHEWS. BATTLE AND VICTORY. By Mrs W 
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of the nower of persevering love. This book will make a 



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Baptist Times. "A thoroughly sound and helpful discussion of some of the chief 

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that religion Is so full of mystery, and therefore Incredible, Is shown to be utterly futile. 

This is a book which should make for a clear, strong faith In all who carefully read It." 

MOLINOS. THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE. By MIGUEL DE 
MOLINOS. Edited by Canon R. Y. LYNN. Fcap. Svo, paper, 6d. 
net.; cloth, is. net; leather, 2s. net. [Heart & Life Booklets,no.27. 

PROF. MOMERIE S FASCINATING VOLUMES. 

IMMORTALITY AND OTHER SERMONS. By Prof. 
ALFRED W. MOMERIE, M.A. D.Sc., LL.D., Author of " Per 
sonality," " Agnosticism," etc. Handsome new edition. 
Fourth Edition. Crown Svo, cloth, 35. 6d. net. 
Examiner. "-The book is greatly I Expository Times. "A serious and 

enriched by the poetical quotations which strong contribution to a subject which 

conclude most of the sermons. Many of these 

are unfamiliar, and most of them are very 

beautiful and full of spiritual suggestion." 

IMMORTALITY. Thirty-five Chapters. By Prof. A. W. 

MOMERIE, M.A., LL.D. Popular Edition, Thirty-fifth 

Thousand. 6d. ; by post 8d. [Allenson s Sixpenny Series. 

Literary World. " Few sixpenny reprints deserve to be more widely read than 

this. Dr Momerle was one of the keenest thinkers and most concisely effective preachers 

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PROF. MOMERIE S MOST FAMOUS WORK. 

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sewed, 6d ; by post 8d. 
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than 55. Cheap Edition. Demy Svo, 6d. ; by post 8d. 
Local Preacher." Prof. Momerte s celebrated work. Honest, fearless, supremely 
|M, he Is also devout. His brightness and sustained interest are delightful. 1 



will never lose Its interest while the world 
lasts." 



28 H. R, ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 

PROF. MOMERIE S FASCINATING VOLUMEB-contlnued. 
BELIEF IN GOD. By Prof. A. W. MOMERIE, M.A. 
Second Edition. 6d. ; by post 8d, [Allenson s Sixpenny Series. 
Scotsman. " Professor Momerte s acute criticism of sceptical philosophies oi re 
ligion Is sure of a wide circulation In this popular form." 

THE ORIGIN OF EVIL, and other Sermons. By Rev. Prof. 

A. W. MOMERIE, M.A., LL.D. Ninth and cheaper edition, 139 

pages, demy 8vo, 6d.; by post 8d. [Allenson s Sixpenny Series. 

The Spectator. " We decidedly recommen<! them to persons perplexed by the 

speculations of modern science." 

MOORE. MAN PREPARING FOR OTHER WORLDS. 
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crown 8vo, 508 pages, 2s. 6d. net ; by post 2s. lod. 
Scotsman. "Seeks to show that science and religion are the best of friends. The 
book contains much that is interesting and suggestive." 
Expository Times. " A delight to read." 

FRESH AND STRIKING SERMONS. 

MORROW. QUESTIONS ASKED AND ANSWERED 
BY OUR LORD. By the Rev. H. W. MORROW, M.A. Large 
crown 8vo, handsome cloth, 33. 6d. net. 

D DAVID SMITH in the British Weekly says: "I have just read with much 
pleasure Mr Morrow s Questions asked and answered by our Lord. It is a collection 
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rescues a quiet ministry from discouragement and makes it profitable." 
Expository Times. "These sermons may be read with profit." 

Fifty-four Meditations by the Bishop of Durham. 

MOTTLE. MEDITATIONS FOR THE CHURCH S 
YEAR. By the Right Rev. HANDLEY G. G. MOULE, D.D., 
Bishop of Durham. Handsome cloth, crown 8vo, 2s. 6d. net. 
The Christian. " Here Dr Moule Is at bis best ; simple yet scholarly, com 
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word lumlnou?." 

EDITIONE DE LUXE OF MYERS MASTERPIECE. 

MYERS. SAINT PAUL. By FREDERIC W. H. MYERS. 
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First Time Obtainable for Sixpence. 

SAINT PAUL. By FREDERIC W. H. MYERS. 

6d., is., and as. net. [See Heart and Life Booklets, p. 18. 

Also miniature vest pocket edition, 6d. net, is. net, is. 6d. 
net. [See The Sanctuary Booklets, p. 38. 

The British Weekly says : " A little book of genius." 

Dr Hastings, in The Expository Times, says regarding this poem: " Have you 
mastered Myers Saint Paul 1 If you have, or If you have not, carry It with you 
wherever you go." 

NANKIVELL. A SCHEME OF TEACHING FOR THE 
CHURCH S YEAR; and a Year s Course of Lessons for 
Sunday-school Classes. By C. NANKIVELL. Handsome 
cloth, crown 8vo, 256 pp., 2s. 6d. net; by post 2s. lod. 

The Church Times. We have no hesitation in giving these 250 pages high praise. 
The educated Churchman who is called upon to instruct the young, be he priest or the 
youngest of Sunday-school teachers, will find it most useful. It affords distinct and 
well-ordered material for a year s course of sermoni, but more especially in the 
second half it provides a really fine icheme, on vivid lints, for a whole yr s Sunday- 
school teaching. The freshness of the book makes it essentially superior to others of a 
similar kind " 



H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 29 

JOHN MASON NEALE S SERMONS. 

Important New Editions, 

SACKVILLE COLLEGE SERMONS. By the late Rev. 
JOHN MASON NEALE, D.D., Author of "Sermons for Children," 
etc. etc. Handsome cloth, crown 8vo, each 2s. 6d. net per vol. 

Vol. I. Thirty-one Sermons, Advent to Lent. 

Vol. II. Thirty-three Sermons, Passiontide to Whitsuntide. 

Vol. III. Twenty-five Sermons, Trinity. 

Famous Sermons, long out of print. They are now reprinted in new type 
and modern style of binding, but the text exactly as left by the writer. 

The Church Times. " We can never have too much of Dr Neale. Gladly, there 
fore, do we welcome a reprint of the Sackviile College Sermons. The great preacher 
seems at last to be attaining his rightful and assured place. There is perhaps no 
preacher of the past century whom the younger clergy would be better advised to take 
for their model. Neale is never old-fashioned, for it is the eternal truth of God that he 
has ever to tell us." 

SERMONS ON THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. Twenty- 
two Sermons. By the late JOHN MASON NEALE, D.D. 
Handsome cloth, crown 8vo, 2s. 6d. net. 
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edition of "Sackviile College Sermons." 

A FAMOUS VOLUME TO CHILDREN. 

SERMONS FOR CHILDREN. Thirty-three Addresses 
to Young Folk. By the Rev. JOHN MASON NEALE, M.A. 
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" Fresh and forceful." " Topics excellently selected." 
Wiost Famous Religious Poem. 

THE RHYTHM OF BERNARD OF MORLAIX. Trans 
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[See "Sanctuary Series," p. 38. 

NEWMAN. TWELVE SERMONS. By J. H. NEWMAN. 
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The finest sermons ever preached from the Anglican pulpit. " 

THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS. By Cardinal 

NEWMAN. [See Heart and Life Booklets, p. 18. 

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[The Sanctuary Series. 

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[Great Souls Library of Devotion. 
Great Thoughts. " Incomparable, Immortal, and priceless." 



30 H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 

NICHOLSON. THE WONDERFUL CITY, and other 
Addresses to Children. By Rev. CECIL NICHOLSON. Handsome 
cloth, Fcap 8vo, is. net; post free is 2d. 

This little volume contains twenty-six Addresses that Mr Nicholson has 
given to the children of his own congregation. 

THE NONCONFORMIST MINISTER S ORDINAL, 
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This book will go comfortably into a breast pocket. 

Literary World. " A work many Nonconformist ministers will b glad to 
know of. A bandy and tastefully presented book ; as convenient In size, type, and 
binding as could well be." 

TWENTY-SEVEN BRIGHT TALKS TO MEN AND WOMEN. 

NORTHCROFT. LITTLE TALKS ON BIG SUBJECTS. 
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Methodist Recorder. " Those who want ideas for mothers meetings or working 
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own." 

Girls Friendly Association Journal. " Will be very useful to read aloud to men 
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or infirmity." 

MORE BRIGHT TALKS TO MEN AND WOMEN. 

FORCES THAT HELP. By FLORENCE 

NORTHCROFT. Author of "Little Talks on Big Subjects." 
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Methodist Times. "Those who speak much to men and at mothers meetings will 
find help here." 

OMAR KHAYYAM. FITZGERALD S TRANSLATION. Velvet 
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Persian, gilt edges, is. net each; neat cloth, gilt, 6d. net. 
Very dainty reprint of SECOND edition (no stanzas), with variations of 
FIRST edition at end. There is more of Fitzgerald s work in this little book 
than in any other cheap edition. 28 illustrations. 

Uniform in size with "Sanctuary" booklets, 4 x 2^ inches. 
A MEDICAL MAN UPON RELIGION. 

PALM. THE FAITH OF AN EVOLUTIONIST. By 
THEOBALD A. PALM, M.A., M.D. Cloth, crown 8vo, 23. 6d. net. 

The Young Man. " I am convinced that this work Is not only wanted, but wanted 
badly. It Is just the book to put into the hands of a young man who Is a bit at sea 
as to whether essential truth is menaced by the demand for readjustment of his views 
and beliefs." 

PALMER. THE GOSPEL PROBLEMS AND THEIR 
SOLUTION. By JOSEPH PALMER. Crown 8vo, cloth, 6s. net. 

PALMER, Mrs. MOTHERS UNION WORK A VOCA 
TION. By Mrs T. F. PALMER. Neat cloth, foolscap 8vo, is. net. 

This book is sanctioned by the Central Council of the Mothers Union, and 
forms a most important manual upon the work of this well-known society. 

Church Times. " Enrolling Members and othen may learn much from Mrs 
Palmer s book. It offers many sensible suggestions for the bettering and deepening of 
Mothers Union Work." 



H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 31 

Thirty Capital Talks to Young Folk. 

PARKER, A. STANLEY. WINNING THE CHILDREN. 
Thirty Parable and Story Addresses to the Young. By the 
Rev. A. STANLEY PARKER, of York. Handsome cloth, crown 
8vo, is. 6d. net. 

Mr Parker has kept his eyes open and made notes of many interesting 
things when on his travels, and the results are to be found in his very 
strikingly original talks to children. Many most telling illustrations. 

PARKER. JOB S COMFORTERS; or, SCIENTIFIC 
SYMPATHY. By REV. JOSEPH PARKER, D.D. 6d. 

In the form of a parable ; many very brilliant passages of dialogue. 
W. E. Gladstone. " A saUre which Dean Swift would have admired." 

GAMBLING. By JOSEPH PARKER, D.D. 3d. ; 

post free sd. Fifth Edition. 

Christian " Trenchant and telling. It should be widely circulated." 
Methodist Times." We hope this mighty address will stk the heart of England 
and awaken the conscience of the nation." 

Important Suggestions on Business Habits. 
PARKINS. BUSINESS LIFE. By W. J. PARKINS, 
Director and Secretary of Tangye s Ltd., Biimingham. Neat 
cloth, fcap. 8vo, is. net. 
Glasgow Herald." A very helpful little book." 

Engineering. "The business world would be the better if this advice were taken 
to heart not alone by the office boy, but by those above him." 

PATCH. THE SENSITIVE CHILD : Talks with a little 

Boy By Mrs KATE WHITING PATCH. Fcap. 8vo, cloth, is. 

net by post is. 2d. Second Edition. 

CONTENT S : The Angel of Death The Angel of Birth The Singing Robe The 

Shadow of Fear The Little Room. 

This book is most delightfully written, and shows how one mother dealt 
with these difficulties. 

WORKS BY CHARLES H. PERREN, D.D. 

FULL OF FINE SUGGESTION. 

REVIVAL SERMONS IN OUTLINE. With Thoughts 
Themes and Plans, by eminent Pastors and Evangelists. 
Edited ty Rev. C. H. PERREN, D.D. In Two Parts. Part I., 
Methods Part II., Outlines of Sermons and Addresses. Com 
plete hi one volume. Crown 8vo, 344 pages, cloth, 33. 6d. net. 
Literally the Evangelist s Handbook. 

PART I. 80 Pages on Methods. 

sss ^crw=. TST. 

f Revival 



we can highly recommend this volume. 



32 H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 

WORKS BY CHARLES H. PERREN, D.D.-continued. 
A MOST USEFUL BOOK. 

SEED CORN FOR THE SOWER. A Book of Thoughts, 
Themes, and Illustrations. Arranged in alphabetical order. 
Original and Compiled by Rev. C. H. PERREN, D.D. Complete 
Indexes to Subjects, Texts, and Authors. Fourth Edition. 
Cloth, 394 pages, crown 8vo, 33. 6d. net; by post 35. lod. 
New and cheaper edition of a most excellent book for ministers and speakers. 
The Methodist Times. " An admirable collection of thoughts and Illustrations. 
One of the charms of this book is the absence of stock Illustrations. Rightly used, 
the book will be a boon to preachers and teachers." 



Christian World. " Is everywhere 
bright and readable. Hard pressed speak 
ers will often find here what they are In 



Good Words. "One of the best 
handbooks for Christian workers which 
has come under our notice." 



search of. 

PEARSON. AM I FIT TO TAKE THE LORD S SUP 
PER ? By Rev. SAMUEL PEARSON, M.A. Nineteenth Thou 
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PHE T PS. THE STILL HOUR. By REV. AUSTIN 
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[The Sanctury Booklets. 
Experience. " A lovely and tiny edition of an old favourite. It is pure gold of the 

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reader. Every page is laden with a blessing." 

PHILLIPS. CHRISTIAN CHIVALRY. A Missionary 
Address to Young Men. By THOMAS PHILLIPS, B.A. 3d. 

PIERCE. THE DOMINION OF CHRIST. Sermons on 
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AND HORNE. PRIMER OF CHURCH 

FELLOWSHIP. 6d. and is. See under Home. 

WORKS BY MRS HORACE PORTER. 

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE OF LIFE. Letters to a 
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By Mrs HORACE PORTER. Third Edition. Crown 8vo, cloth, 
is. 6d. net; paper, is. net, postage 2d. extra. 
The Church Times. "The letters should be useful." 
Our Own Gazette. "Most thoughtful and very valuable." 
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THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE OF PRAYER. By the 

Author of "The Christian Science of Life." Handsome cloth, 

crown 8vo, is. 6d. net. 

Church Reading Magazine. " Extremely useful and practical." 
M.U. Journal. " We cannot commend this book too highly." 

THE VALLEY OF VISION : Some Glimpses of Things 
Unseen. By the Author of "The Christian Science of 
Life." Handsome cloth, crown 8vo, 33. 6d. net. 

The Church Times. " By the Author of The Christian Science of Life, and is 
written to illustrate the arguments admirably presented in that work. It reveals also 
the weak side of some faith-healing, and all is done bva pleasant story about pleasant 
people." 



H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 33 

Capital Stories for Mothers Meetings. 

POSTGATE. MISS TABITHA S TRIAL, and other 

;. ^ Stories for Mothers Meetings. By ISA J. POSTGATE, Author 

L^JL of "Father Pollock and His Brother." Handsome cloth, 

crown 8vo, is. 6d. net. 

Church Times. " No child has keener zest for a story than the cheerful British 
housewife on her weekly outing to the mothers meeting. These tales each bearing a 
useful lesson, enlivened by a strain of pleasant humour, cannot fail to gain her entire 
approbation." 

Choice and Suggestive. 

PRATT. THE WINGLESS ANGEL. Parables and 
Pictures. By the Rev. BERTRAM PRATT, M.A. Handsome 
cloth, crown 8vo, 2s. 6d. net. 

The parables will afford most excellent illustrations for preachers and 
speakers. 

A book to make a friend of, and a book to give to your friends. It is full 
of breezy optimism and cheery helpfulness. 

Christian Herald. "Very bright and helpful; full of cheery suggestions; a sunny 
book for a foggy day." 

PRAYERS FOR HEALING. From the Ancient Liturgies 
and other Offices of the Church. Compiled by E. B. H. With 
Introduction by the Rev. the Hon. EDWARD LYTTELTON, D.D. 
Demy i6mo, handsome cloth, is. net; by post is. 2d. 

The Dial." This little book should be invaluable both in private devotions and for 
use by chaplains, nurses, and others in hospitals and institutions." 

PREACHER S TREASURY, THE. A Third Series of 
Outlines, Illustrations, and Children s Addresses. Comprising 
" Points for Preachers and Teachers," " Seeds and Saplings," 
and " Little Sermons to the Children." Bound together in one 
neat cloth volume, fcap. 8vo, 2s. 6d. net. 

Christian World." A useful stand-by. The outlines are simple and suggestive. 
Mr Gillies talks to children are freshly put, and on right lines." 
Homiletic Review. " A fine collection." 

TWENTY-SIX THRILLING TRUE STORIES. 

REANEY. TEMPERANCE SKETCHES FROM LIFE. 
By Mrs GEORGE S. REANEY, Author of "Our Daughters." 
Handsome cloth, crown 8vo, is. 6d. net ; postage 4d. 

Hampstead Parish Magazine. " Will provide telling material for Umperance 
workers and speakers." 

London Quarterly Review." It is a thrilling book. 
Home Mission Worker. "The book for your moderate drinking friend. 

DR REICHEL S FAMOUS OBJECT SERMONS. 
WHAT SHALL I TELL THE CHILDREN? By 
Rev. GEO. V. RETCHEL, M.A. Thirty-seven Object Sermons 
? with many illustrative Anecdotes. Second Edition. 33. 6d. net. 

British Weekly. "A nice book, and will be very useful to teachers ^and those 
who preach to children. The merit of the voium* Is that it has freshness. 

Christian Commonwealth.-" Contains such a wealth of Illustration that the 
Christian worker will have no difficulty In selecting material which will be ^helpfcd to 
securing the attention of hh young hearers and leading up to and enforcing the great 
rock truths of Holy Scripture." 



34 H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 

FIFTY NEW OBJECT SERMONS. 

REICHEL. BIBLE TRUTH THROUGH EYE AND 
EAR. By the Rev. GEO. V. REICHEL, M.A., Ph.D., Author of 
" What Shall I Tell the Children ? " Third Edition. Hand 
some cloth, 437 pages, crown 8vo, 33. 6d. net ; by post 35. lod. 
Methodist Times. " Dr Relchel s methods are scientific, and the fifty addresses 
of this volume cover a great range of subjects. They are the best things of the 
kind we have yet seen." 

Sunday Companion. "The fifty lessons are crammed with new ideas and 
facts, which should be of great assistance." 

WORKS BY LAURA E. RICHARDS. 

FORTY-FOUR FRESH, GOOD STORIES. 

THE GOLDEN WINDOWS. A Book of Fables for Young 
and Old. By L. E. RICHARDS, Author of " Captain January," 
" The Silver Crown," " Five-Minute Stories," etc. Handsome 
cloth, crown 8vo, gilt top, 2s. 6d. net ; postage 3d. 

Twenty-sixth Edition. 

THE BISHOP OF LONDON has made striking use of some of these 
delightful parables in his recent book "Joy in God." The Bishop says, in 
one place, " I was reading to-day to the choir-boys of the Chapel Royal a 
charming little story out of a book called The Golden Windows. " And in 
another reference he says, " I was very much struck with a beautiful story in 
a book called The Golden Windows. I should like to leave this as my last 
picture on your minds." He then told them " The Wheatfield," one of the many 
lovely stories the book contains. 

Rev. Joseph Hocking writes t brief allegorical tales, each stamped with 
" I have enjoyed The Golden Windows. the Impress of uplifting, beautiful thought, 
Some of the stories are nothing short of presented In an original and striking 
being works of genius. Nearly all are manner, and with all the charm of style 
little gems. I have told many of them to that characterises Mrs Richards." 
the children ; and I can conceive of few 

books more helpful to ministers in | Rev. Bernard J. Snell writes : 
giving children s addresses." "I regard Golden Windows as the 

Lilian Whiting writes I "Of all most charming book that has come 
the exquisite things in late literature, into my hands for many years. Every 
The Golden Windows must, perhaps, little casket of a story holds a gem of 
take leading place. It Is a collection of , a truth." 

Teachers and Mothers, here Is a Book which will keep the 
Children Happy and Merry. 

FIVE-MINUTE STORIES. A Charming Collection of 
101 Short Stories and Poems. By LAURA E. RICHARDS, 
Author of " The Golden Windows," " The Silver Crown," etc. 
With numerous illustrations, many full page. Foolscap 4to, 
handsome cloth, 55. net. Third Edition. 

Five-Minute Stories " is simply brimful of happiness. Mothers, ministers, 

the clergy, schoolmasters, and all concerned with children will find this a 

perfect storehouse of good story matter. 



The Church Times." Five-Minute 
Stories is one of those volumes which 
the relatives of young folk are glad to fall 
back upon when the request Please, do 
tell us another story finds them at a 
Joss." 

Life and Work. " We wrote en 
thusiastically about the author s Golden 
Windows. Th!s book w even more 
delightful. A child will understand the 
tenderness and sympathy which are at 
the back of these stories and rhymes." 



Morning Rays. "A perfect treasnie- 
house of happy stories." 

The Guardian. "We are greatly at 
tracted to Five-Minute Stories. Mrs 
Richards has a real gift for writing that 
noblest kind of nonsense which is often the 
highest sense. Some of the rhymee and 
stories are perfectly delightful." 

British Weekly. "Every variety of 
story is to be found in this volume, to suit 
every mood of every child." 



H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 35 

LAURA RICHARD S WORKS-continued. 
Fine Companion Volume to "Golden Windows." 

THE SILVER CROWN. Forty-five Parables. By LAURA 
E. RICHARDS, Author of " Captain January," " Five-Minute 
Stories," etc. Handsome cloth, gilt top, crown 8vo, 2s. 6d. 
net ; by post 23. 9d. Thirteenth Edition. 

Rev. G. H. Morrison, Glasgow, Baptist Times." Exceedingly short, 
writes ! " I think Silver Crown Is ! delicate In structure, graceful In style, 
one of the most charming little books full of the wisdom of life. Each parable 



I ever read; I consider it a work of 
genius." 



contains material for a fascinating and 
instructive address." 



New Book by the Author of " Golden Windows." 

THE NAUGHTY COMET ; and other Stories and Fables. 

By LAURA E. RICHARDS, Author of " The Golden Windows," 

" The Silver Crown," " Five Minute Stories," &c. Handsome 

cloth gilt, crown 8vo, gilt top, 2s. 6d. net. Second Edition. 

Mrs Richards has some of the qualities of R. L. Stevenson with a dash 

of Andersen thrown in," was a reviewer s comment on one of her earlier books. 

This opinion will be confirmed by the present volume, "The Naughty Comet." 

Wholesome truths are most dexterously woven into these heart-winning stories. 

Sunday School Times. " The Naughty Comet contains just such stories as 

children love to read or hear, and teachers, and aunties, and mothers enjoy telling. If 

you have Mrs Richards other books you will be sure to want this. If you have never 

had them, this will make you feel that you must have them all as you ought ! " 

ROBERTS. THE WAY OF VICTORY. Meditations and 
Verses for Lent, Passiontide and Easter. By Miss JEAN 
ROBERTS, with Introduction by the Abbot of Caldey. Fcap. 
8vo, paper wrapper, 6d. net; cloth, is. net; paste grain, gilt 
edges, 2s, net; postage id. extra. [Heart and Life Booklets. 

ROBERTS. THE MEANING OF CHRIST. Studies 
in the place of Jesus Christ in Human Thought and Action. By 
Rev. RICHARD ROBERTS. Cloth, 23. 6d. net. 

Expository Times." How have mands simplicity, it does not desire super- 
Dante, Shelley, Browning, Tennyson, ficiallty." 
Ruskln, Savonarola, and Mazzlnl written 

about Christ, and what has He been to Sunday School Chronicle." It b 
them ? that Is the subject of the book, always Interesting to see how Christ 
entitled The Meaning of Christ, Mr Impressed great men bound by no cove- 
ROBERT3 first delivered the book as nanted orthodoxies. Thoughtful young 
Sunday evening lectures, and the Sunday men in the wonder and ardour of their 
evening lecture stvle still clings to It, first contact with the larger thought 
and It is all the better for that. For of the world, would find here very 
though the Sunday evening lecture de- wholesome reading." 

WORKS BY F. W. ROBERTSON (OF BRIGHTON). 

THE LONELINESS AND SINLESSNESS OF CHRIST. 
By F. W. ROBERTSON. Fcap. 8vo, 6d. net ; cloth, is. net ; 
postage id. [Heart and Life Booklets. 

This is a word of good cheer from one of the greatest of preachers. For a 
friend in any distress of mind or soul no more helpful message could be found. 



36 H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 

F. W. ROBERTSON S WORKS-continued. 

WORDSWORTH. A Lecture. By F. W. ROBERTSON. 
Fcap. 8vo, 6d. net ; cloth, is. net ; postage id. 

[Booklover s Booklets. 

TEN SERMONS. By F. W. ROBERTSON. A First Selection. 

ELEVEN SERMONS. By F. W. ROBERTSON. A Second 
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Secular Society, is seldom a profitable exercise ; if it be done at all, it should be done 
in the style and temper of Dr Warschauer, who is not new to such tasks. We have in 
the past praised his Anti-nunquam and we can without reserve commend his Atheist s 
Dilemma. 1 " 



H. R. ALLENSON S CATALOGUE 45 

ANTI-NUNQUAM. An Examination of "God and My 

Neighbour." By J. WARSCHAUER, M.A., D.Phil. A Strikingly 

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is. net ; post tree is. 3d. [Allenson s Sixpenny Series! 

British Weekly. " Among the many for its conspicuous fairness. No more 

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Christianity has called forth, this must j or more powerful statement of Christian 

be placed In the front rank, not only for i belief has been given than this of Dr 

the Intellectual ability it shows but also ! W arschauer." 

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PROF. R. E. WELSH S WORKS-continued. 

IN RELIEF OF DOUBT. By Prof. R. E. WELSH, 
M.A., D.D. With Introduction by the Right Rev. A. F. 
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British Weekly. " Mr Welsh baa 
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WINKWORTH. THE HISTORY AND LIFE OF THE 
REVEREND DOCTOR JOHN TAULER, OF STRAS 
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by SUSANNA WINKWORTH and CHARLES KINGSLEY S famous 
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